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12/29/2021

9 Phoenix-area people indicted for payment protection program fraud

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Earlier this month, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) participated in an investigation that lead to the arrests of nine people for financial fraud.

Jason Coleman, 40, and Kimberly Coleman, 38, of Mesa, Arizona, made their initial appearance in federal court recently on a 62-count indictment charging them with Conspiracy, Bank Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Transactional Money Laundering. A federal grand jury previously indicted the Colemans and seven other individuals in connection with a fraudulent scheme to obtain approximately $23 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. The nine defendants are accused of then using those PPP funds to purchase vehicles, properties, and other luxurious items.

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