DOJ Announces New Task Force Targeting Latest Fraud

( – COVID-19 scams have been a serious problem over the course of the pandemic. Schemers have targeted vulnerable Americans and businesses with all sorts of nonsense to steal their money and personal information. The Department of Justice is taking the issue very seriously.

On Monday, May 17, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a new DOJ task force called the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force. The department will work together with other federal agencies to crackdown on and prevent fraud related to the pandemic. Garland said they want to bring to justice those who profit unlawfully from the pandemic by taking advantage of others.

In a memo, Garland said the DOJ has already brought charges against nearly 600 people who have allegedly committed crimes costing “$600 million in 56 federal districts around the country.” Those crimes range from selling fake products to fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loans. With so many Americans suffering in the wake of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that the government bring criminals to justice.

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