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March 31, 2023

Oregon Man Sentenced for His Role in Obtaining Paycheck Protection Program Payments Utilizing Fraudulent Internal Revenue Service Documents

On March 13, 2023, in the District of Oregon, Sean Kirkpatrick was sentenced to 54 months in prison and three years of supervised release for Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft.  Kirkpatrick was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $102,536 and a special assessment fee of $200. In February 2021, Kirkpatrick, who was unemployed and recently released from prison, applied via the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) online portal and obtained an Employer Identification Number (EIN) using the name and Social Security Number of another individual. He then used the EIN, along with falsified IRS tax forms, to submit loan applications with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) through their Paycheck Protection Program. The unlawful SBA applications, supported by the fraudulently obtained EIN, caused fraud losses of at least $102,536.

Source:  The facts in this case narrative come from the following publicly available documents: D. Or., Judgement, filed March 13, 2023; D. Or., Information, filed Nov. 4, 2022; and D. Or., Plea Agreement, filed Nov. 28, 2022.