East Chicago Woman Charged with Wire Fraud

East Chicago Woman Charged with Wire Fraud >> According to Acting US Attorney Tina L. Nommay, Natasha Weeks, 29, of East Chicago, Indiana, has been charged with wire fraud.

East Chicago Woman Charged with Wire Fraud

East Chicago Woman Charged with Wire Fraud Explained

Ms. Weeks is accused of illegally obtaining disaster-related benefits in the form of a Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (SBI-EIDL) by falsely claiming to be the owner of a hair shop in Chicago Heights, Illinois, according to court papers. 

The company was allegedly called Weeks Hair Braiding/Weeks Hair Shop, however no such firm was located at the location provided on her application. To submit the loan application, an IP address in East Chicago, Indiana was used. 

According to reports, the application included false claims and misrepresentations about the hair salon being open since 2017, Ms. Weeks owning it since May 2020, employing 20 employees, and having a cost of goods sold of $150,000. 

Ms. Weeks got a $10,000 SBA EIDL loan on July 7, 2020 as a result of her application. Ms. Weeks is also charged with submitting a false unemployment claim in Arizona, despite the fact that she has never lived or worked there.

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasises that an indictment is just an accusation and that all defendants are considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.

If convicted, the Judge will impose the appropriate sentence in accordance with federal laws and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Ongoing Investigations

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, and Homeland Security Investigations are all investigating this(East Chicago Woman Charged with Wire Fraud). Assistant United States Attorney Diane Berkowitz is prosecuting this case.

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