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May 19, 2023

California Real Estate Developer Pled Guilty to Charges Relating to Using Stolen Identities to Obtain COVID-Relief Program Funds

On May 2, 2023, in the District of Oregon, Alfred Nevis, pled guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering. A Department of Justice press release dated May 26, 2022, outlined the following details of Nevis’ case. Nevis, a California real estate developer, faces a maximum sentence of 32 years in prison, fines of up to $500,000, and three years’ supervised release. From April 1, 2020, through at least August 6, 2020, Nevis used the identities of multiple individuals known to him to illegally obtain Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA). To facilitate his scheme, Nevis used the stolen identities to register straw corporations, obtain Employer Identification Numbers from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and submit loan applications to the SBA on behalf of the newly registered corporations. Nevis submitted at least 12 EIDL applications using the identities of at least eight individuals without their knowledge or permission. Nevis’ fraud proceeds totaled more than $1.5 million.

Source:  The facts in this case narrative come from the following publicly available documents: D. Or., Plea Petition, filed May 5, 2023; and DOJ Press Release, dated May 26, 2022.