PPP Fraud Lawsuits & Prevention
Our Attorneys Explain How to Avoid PPP Fraud Litigation in Boston
Individuals and businesses accused of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) fraud can face civil lawsuits from the government. They can also face criminal prosecution in federal district court. Avoiding these risks requires a proactive approach, and PPP loan recipients who have concerns about facing civil or criminal enforcement litigation should speak with an experienced Boston tax attorney promptly.
At Thorn Law Group, we defend clients accused of PPP fraud in Boston. We also help individuals and businesses avoid these accusations. As long as you are not already facing an audit, investigation or charges, you still have time to mitigate the consequences of any past PPP-related mistakes.
Avoiding PPP Fraud Litigation When You Aren’t Yet a Target
When you are at risk of facing PPP fraud litigation, the options you have available depend on the circumstances at hand. One of the most important factors is whether federal authorities are likely to be able to substantiate allegations of willful PPP fraud. Willful fraud presents risks for criminal prosecution, and there are special procedures in place (such as the IRS’ Voluntary Disclosure Program) for resolving these matters without prosecution.
While voluntary disclosure can be the best option in some cases, it can also be risky. If you do not secure protection in advance, your disclosure could trigger scrutiny and ultimately lead to criminal charges. Additionally, if you are at risk for civil enforcement litigation but not criminal prosecution, then the IRS’ Voluntary Disclosure program does not apply.
Our Boston tax attorney has experience representing clients from a wide range of scenarios. When you engage our firm to represent you, our IRS criminal tax lawyer works closely with you to help you determine the safest path forward. If this involves engaging with the government, we can communicate with the appropriate agency on your behalf, and we can take the steps that are necessary to secure the greatest protection possible.
What if You Are Already Facing an Audit or Investigation in Boston?
If you are already facing a PPP fraud audit or investigation, your situation is very different. At this stage, you can no longer make a voluntary disclosure. Instead, you must deal with the audit or investigation directly, and you must work quickly to execute a strategic defense before the inquiry leads to a civil lawsuit or criminal indictment.
Although audits and investigations frequently lead to civil or criminal enforcement action, this does not have to be the outcome of your case. It is possible to avoid litigation with a proactive approach, and our IRS criminal PPP lawyer has been successful in helping our clients avoid litigation in many cases.
Contact a Boston Tax Attorney to Discuss Your Situation in Confidence
If you need to know more about avoiding civil liability or criminal prosecution for PPP fraud in Boston, we invite you to get in touch. To request a confidential consultation with Boston tax attorney Kevin E. Thorn, Managing Partner of Thorn Law Group, please call 617-692-2989 today.