Las Vegas Resident Sentenced To Prison For COVID Relief Fraud
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nevada
LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas man was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro to 30 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for submitting fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Relief Loan (EIDL) loan applications seeking more than $1 million under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
According to court documents, from May 2020 to June 2020, Jeremy Lee Attebery (42) submitted two false PPP loan applications and one false EIDL application. Attebery provided false information on his loan applications, such as number of employees, amount of monthly payroll, and gross revenues. In total, he applied for approximately $1,043,000 in fraudulent loans. Furthermore, he falsely stated on each application that he had not been convicted of a felony within the past five years.
Attebery pleaded guilty in August 2022 to three counts of wire fraud.
United States Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Spencer L. Evans for the FBI made the announcement.
The FBI investigated the case; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Oliva prosecuted the case.
In May 2021, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to marshal the resources of the Department of Justice in partnership with agencies across government to enhance efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. The Task Force bolsters efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programs to prevent fraud by augmenting and incorporating existing coordination mechanisms, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their schemes, and sharing and harnessing information and insights gained from prior enforcement efforts. For more information on the department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.
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 via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.
Updated March 1, 2023