Americans across the nation took advantage of CARES Act monies, according to the IRS
The criminal investigation department of the IRS just released statistics on COVID-related fraud investigations conducted by the agency in the past two years.
Overall, the agency investigated 660 tax and money laundering cases related to COVID fraud totalling $1.8 billion. The agency said more cases will be opened in the future.
James Marcy, the supervisory special agent of the IRS criminal investigation that covers Wyoming, said it was unfortunate that people tried to take advantage of emergency financial assistance.
"There'll be these individuals and groups of people that will always find a way to orchestrate some type of scheme to defraud the government and the American people in law as well as the American tax dollars," said Marcy.
There are ongoing investigations in Wyoming but none of them are public yet since they are still in progress. Marcy said people get creative on how to get the money.
"These could include the fraudulent ways that individuals could obtain loans, through credit apps and also receiving payments that were actually meant for the American workers, families and small businesses," he said.
A Montana man recently pled guilty to falsely receiving COVID-19 relief. He has to pay back approximately $125,000 to the government.