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Chairman Williams: SBA’s Negligence in Pandemic Loan Programs Resulted in More Than $200 Billion of Potentially Fraudulent Loans

Williams Statement on SBA Negligence in Pandemic Program Fraud

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, issued the following statement regarding the latest Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General (SBA OIG) report on COVID-19 Pandemic EIDL and PPP Loan Fraud.

“The latest OIG report on fraud within the pandemic loan programs shows significantly more criminal activity occurred than was previously known,” said Chairman Williams. “These findings show the SBA failed to implement basic guardrails to protect the integrity of these programs, resulting in roughly 1 in 5 loans dispersed being labeled as potentially fraudulent. When COVID-19 hit the United States, the SBA was tasked with taking on an oversized role to help save small businesses and our nation’s job creators. Unfortunately, these after-action reports show the agency was not up to the task. I look forward to hearing directly from Inspector General Ware in July on what went wrong, how to fix these issues, and what recourse we must take to recoup these stolen taxpayer dollars.”

Read the full report here.