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Seattle Couple Indicted on COVID Business Loan Fraud Charges | Small Business Trends

A couple from Seattle have been indicted for carrying out over $1m in fraud on Covid-19 relief programs.

Brian Sparks, 40, and Autumn Luna, 22, are charged in a 16-count indictment with defrauding the Washington State Employment Security Division (ESD) of more than $500,000 in benefits and defrauding the Small Business Administration (SBA) of approximately $520,000.

As well as fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits with false bank accounts, the couple used stole identities to apply for loans, including Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The SBA paid the couple around $520,000 in Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) proceeds.

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