A Bethel guy was billed Tuesday with distributing fake files to fraudulently get a Paycheck Safety Program financial loan, according to the Section of Justice.

An indictment submitted in Idaho accused Eric O’Neil, 57, of Bethel, of lying about the range of employees, the every month payroll and other data about his business on a mortgage application to a fiscal institution in Boise, Idaho, in 2021. In the bank loan, O’Neil sought $373,201 for his small business Accountant R Us Inc.

The funding arrived from the Compact Enterprise Administration below the Coronavirus Reduction, Aid and Economic Protection, or CARES, Act. The resources have been meant to assistance struggling smaller businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Justice claimed in a news release Tuesday.

O’Neil had owned and operated Accountant R Us out of New York considering the fact that 2013. On March 25, 2021, O’Neil, with some others, submitted a PPP mortgage application, the federal indictment reported.

Nevertheless, “Accountant R Us had no workforce, paid no salaries, and paid no payroll taxes,” according to his indictment.

To further the plan, O’Neil and some others submitted faux tax kinds to the economical institution that contained bogus details about the whole revenue, salaries and wages for the company in the 2019 tax year. The types were by no means filed with the Inner Profits Service, the indictment mentioned.

He also submitted a bogus payroll log that shown 22 workforce, which includes O’Neil, and fraudulent income and decline statements, in accordance to the indictment.

“Accountant R Us did not appear to have any authentic business operations or workers in 2019 and 2020,” the indictment reported.

O’Neil was billed Tuesday with financial institution fraud. If convicted, he faces up to 30 several years in prison, according to the Section of Justice. .

The FBI, IRS Felony Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service are investigating the case, the Office of Justice said.

Anybody with facts about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s Nationwide Centre for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Internet Criticism Form at www.justice.gov/catastrophe-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-type.


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