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6 Will County men charged with Paycheck Protection Program loan fraud – Shaw Local

Joliet – In recent weeks, six men have been arrested for committing Paycheck Protection Program fraud as part of a Joliet police investigation that also involves other law enforcement agencies, police said.

Since June 15, Jacques Harris, 25, Antwan Godfrey, 41, Monroe Lincoln, 25, Donta Bailey, 18, all of Joliet, as well as Walter Duncan, 23, of Plainfield and Ronald Neal, 31, of Shorewood, are imprisoned. in Will County.

Prosecutors accused each of the men of obtaining PPP loans for their businesses through fraudulent means.

The Paycheck Protection Program was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to provide small businesses with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs, including benefits, according to the US Treasury Department. .

Joliet Police Sgt. Dwayne English declined to provide further details on the case as the investigation is ongoing and involves other law enforcement.

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Here is what each man was charged with:

• Harris was accused of receiving a $17,082 loan by fraudulently claiming his dog breeding business had gross income of $82,000 in 2019.

• Godfrey was accused of receiving a $20,833 loan by fraudulently claiming his hair salon business had gross income of $106,000 in 2019.

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• Lincoln was accused of receiving a $20,833 loan by fraudulently claiming his unidentified business had gross revenues of $114,790 in 2019.

• Bailey was accused of receiving a $20,802 loan by fraudulently claiming his taxi business had gross revenues of $99,856 in 2019.

• Duncan was accused of receiving a $20,832 loan by fraudulently claiming his unidentified business had gross revenues of $106,000 in 2019.

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• Neal was accused of receiving a $20,833 loan by fraudulently claiming his unidentified business had gross revenues of $120,000 in 2019.

Harris, Bailey and Neal were also charged with state benefit fraud. Prosecutors alleged that Harris, Bailey and Neal fraudulently received $702, $784 and $4,482 in unemployment benefits, respectively.

Lincoln, Duncan and Neal were also accused of using deception in their PPP loan applications by falsely claiming they were not facing criminal charges.

In 2020, Lincoln was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon while Duncan was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, according to court records. Last year, Neal was charged with being an armed convict. These files remain open.

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