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Maryland Resident Charged with Preparing and Submitting Fraudulent Applications for Cares Act Financial Assistance

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MARCEL GAVIN, age 36, a resident of Odenton, Maryland, was indicted today  for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371 (Count One), and wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343 (Count Two), for his role in preparing and filing false applications for loans related to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). 

According to the indictment, between about April 19, 2021, and May 20, 2021, GAVIN, his significant other (Shaniqua Wilson), and a third individual, Siedah Eley, recruited friends and family members, primarily via word of mouth and text message, to participate in a scheme to fraudulently obtain money from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans with her assistance.  They then created and electronically submitted  loan applications, that falsely claimed that each  applicant had a sole proprietorship in the beauty industry that generated substantial income from such business.  GAVIN, Wilson, and Eley charged some of the applicants she recruited up to approximately $5,000.00, once the PPP loan was funded.  Among the individuals for whom they filed a false PPP application was a resident of Metairie, Louisiana, who was then employed with a City of New Orleans agency.

GAVIN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five (5) years as to Count One and twenty (20) years as to Count Two.  GAVIN also faces three years of supervised release, up to a $250,000 fine, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee per count. 

U. S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

For more information on the Department of Justice’s response to the pandemic, please visit Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Secret Service in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg, Chief of the Public Integrity Unit, is in charge of the prosecution.


Shane Jones

Community Outreach Coordinator 

U.S. Attorney Office

Eastern District of Louisiana 

Updated September 29, 2023

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