CHARLOTTE – A Charlotte woman accused of filing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fraudulent COVID-19 emergency applications was indicted by a grand jury last week, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina.
Nkhenge Shropshire, 48, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in an attempt to obtain more than $ 300,000 in emergency aid using false information, the indictment states.
Over two months in 2020, Shropshire and her accomplices allegedly submitted at least 10 fraudulent economic damage disaster loans (EIDLs) to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), according to the indictment.
EIDL benefits were made available to business owners adversely affected by the pandemic through the Coronavirus Extended Aid, Emergency and Financial Security Act (CARES). To receive a loan from the program, business owners were required to submit revenue and employment information.
The indictment alleges that the applications submitted by Shropshire and her accomplices were for fictitious companies and contained false information and supporting documents.
They tried to obtain at least $ 331,072 in emergency supplies, according to the indictment. At least $ 45,000 was paid by the SBA to Shropshire and her accomplices as a result of the scheme.
Shropshire reportedly spent the fraudulent proceeds on personal expenses, including hotel stays, shopping trips and cars.
Shropshire has previously been convicted of filing false tax returns and lying on a 2014 loan application, according to court records. She received 33 months in prison and five years of supervised release.
Officials said she was still under supervised release when she allegedly committed COVID-19 loan fraud.
Shropshire is in federal custody until her first appearance in court in Charlotte, the U.S. attorney said.
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