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$2M Pandemic Grant Fraudster Sentenced to Jail in New Jersey

$2M Pandemic Grant Fraudster Sentenced to Jail in New Jersey

A noteworthy judicial event occurred in Newark, New Jersey, when Mohamed Kamara, a 43-year-old Maryland resident, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for defrauding COVID-19 relief programs.

U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger stated that Kamara entered a guilty plea to counts of conspiracy and wire fraud, following which U.S. District Judge Esther Salas delivered the sentence.

The basis for Kamara’s conviction is his participation in a fraud to take advantage of Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Using identities that they had stolen, he and his accomplices filed false applications between March and October 2020, resulting in over $750,000 in unjust transfers.

James E. Dennehy, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Newark field office, emphasized the ongoing nature of criminal activity during times of crisis and cautioned others against presuming anonymity in such large-scale scams.

In addition to the FBI Baltimore Field Office, the SBA, and the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, other agencies that worked together on the investigation include the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor and the FBI.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Kogan of the Cybercrime Unit in Newark prosecuted this case, which is a component of a larger Department of Justice campaign.

“The defendant was sentenced today for submitting falsified applications to the government to obtain business loans to which he was not entitled. These relief programs were set up to provide financial help to Americans who were struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said U.S. Attorney Sellinger.

In addition, Kamara deceitfully obtained more than $1 million by extracting unemployment insurance in six states, including New Jersey.

Judge Salas also mandated Kamara’s three-year supervised release following the prison sentence.

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