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Illinois police arrested 15 people after they allegedly used funds from Paycheck Protection Program loans to get out of jail.
After a data investigation was conducted by police, it was found that several inmates at the Will County Jail had allegedly applied for and received PPP loans that were then used to force themselves out of jail for their felony cases, according to TBEN 32.
PPP recipients cannot be charged with a crime to qualify.
Federal agencies and police have identified 25 people who were in prison charged with misdemeanor in applying for PPP loans that would go to bogus companies, and said 15 people have been arrested and charged with charges such as wire transfer fraud in “Operation Triple.” P”.
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Joliet Police Department Detective James Kilgore said police have not found any business licenses matching the addresses used for the PPP loans.
“The majority of them also use their home address, so we did several periodic spot checks on the home,” Kilgore said. “It looked like a residence. There was no real business there. We also checked with the city of Joliet to see if there was any type of business license for that address or anyone in that family, which was also a negative result.”