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FinCEN Alert on COVID-19 Employee Retention Credit Fraud
WASHINGTON—Today, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), in close coordination with the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (CI), issued an alert to financial institutions on fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 Employee Retention Credit (ERC). The alert provides an overview of typologies associated with ERC fraud and scams, highlights select red flags to assist financial institutions in identifying and reporting suspicious activity and reminds financial institutions of their reporting requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA).
“It is unfortunate that while the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, fraud related to COVID-19 relief programs, like the ERC, continues to occur at a concerning scale,” said FinCEN Director Andrea Gacki. “We are issuing this alert in partnership with CI to remind financial institutions that it is critical that they remain vigilant in identifying and reporting related suspicious activity and to protect businesses from being taken advantage of by fraudsters.”