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2 Florida men used fake IDs, bank accounts to steal more than $3M from coronavirus small business relief program

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Two South Florida residents allegedly used stolen and fake identities to acquire over $3 million in small business funding provided by coronavirus relief legislation. 

Jean Fleuridor, 41, of Weston, Fla., and Hasan Brown, 44, of Miami, Fla., appeared in Miami federal court separately this week on bank fraud conspiracy charges, according to court records, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

A criminal complaint alleges that a group of Brown, Fleuridor and others began a scheme in 2017 to defraud a San Antonio, Texas, bank using around 700 fake and stolen identities to create bank accounts and shell companies.

This year, from April to July, the group allegedly used their fake identifies or stolen identities to apply for and gain $3 million in federal funding from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a program that is part of the CARES Act signed into law in late March.  

Small businesses have faced devastating economic fallout since the beginning of the pandemic, as state leaders and public health experts have mandated social distancing and the shuttering of nonessential businesses. 

There have been other instances of alleged fraud since the CARES Act was passed. 

In early August, the Department of Justice announced it arrested five people accused of a $4 million PPP fraud scheme. 

The Orlando Sentinel contacted Flueridor’s attorney but did not receive an immediate response, and Brown’s attorney declined to comment.

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