Albany man arrested for pandemic-related fraud | USAO-NDNY
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Ibrahim K. Boyd, 32, of Albany, appeared today on indictment alleging he engaged in fraudulent schemes to obtain government benefits and other funds intended to help unemployed New Yorkers and struggling small businesses during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The announcement was made by US attorney Carla B. Freedman; New York State Inspector General Lucy Lang; Matthew Scarpino, acting special agent in charge of the local Buffalo Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office; Ketty Larco-Ward, inspector in charge of the Boston branch of the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS); and Jonathan Mellone, Special Agent in Charge, New York Region, United States Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General (USDOL-OIG).
The indictment alleges that Boyd submitted a false unemployment insurance claim using another person’s personal information to the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) and obtained more than 16,000 $ in benefits for personal gain. Additionally, Boyd allegedly set up two fake businesses to obtain a Paycheck Protection Program loan and disaster-related funding from the US Small Business Administration, totaling more than $28,000. The charges in the indictment are just charges. The accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Boyd was arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart and released pending trial.
The indictment, returned by a grand jury on July 28, 2022, alleges mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated offenses of identity theft. The mail fraud and wire fraud charges each carry maximum sentences of 20 years in prison, fines of up to $250,000 and a supervised release sentence of up to 3 years. The charge of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory sentence of 2 years in prison, consecutive to any other prison sentence. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular law the defendant is accused of breaking, US sentencing guidelines, and other factors.
The matter is being investigated by the New York State Office of the Inspector General, HSI, USPIS, and USDOL-OIG, with assistance from the Office of Special Investigations of the NYSDOL. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Chisholm
On May 17, 2021, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to mobilize Department of Justice resources in partnership with government agencies to scale up enforcement and prevention efforts. pandemic-related fraud. The task force strengthens efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies administering relief programs to prevent fraud, among other methods, by increasing and integrating coordination mechanisms existing ones, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their agendas, and sharing and leveraging information and knowledge gained from previous enforcement efforts. For more information about the Department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.
Anyone with information about alleged 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 through the complaint form NCDF online at: https://www. .justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.