CHICAGO (CBS) — Six current and former U.S. Postal Service employees have been charged with fraudulently obtaining loans for businesses that did not really exist.
The six defendants were charged as part of an investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s Taskforce on Unemployment Benefits Insurance Fraud. They all applied for a variety of government loans and assistance during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Attorney General’s office.
In addition to trying to get loans from the Small Business Administration for businesses that were not real, four of the defendants are accused of filing for fraudulent unemployment benefits while they were really working for the Postal Service all along.