MIAMI (AP) — A former civilian employee for a South Florida police department has been sentenced to 60 days in federal prison for stealing over over $117,000 in COVID relief funds.
Elisa Rivera, 51, was sentenced Wednesday in Miami federal court, according to court records.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman has admitted accepting more than $42,000 in paycheck protection loans under a federal COVID-19 assistance program for businesses that were not engaged in substantial activity.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has admitted accepting more than $41,000 in paycheck protection loans under a federal COVID-19 assistance program for a business that did not exist.
Malik Breckenridge, 26, of Charleston, pleaded guilty Thursday to wire fraud in federal court.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Hakizimana Muvunye, a refugee from Congo who lives in Cleveland, is a man doing his best. He’s the owner of Asante Landscaping but has only five clients so he also drives for Uber.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining pandemic small business loans totaling more than $1.3 million.
Federal authorities said he used some of the funds to pay off gambling debts.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he plans to appeal a ruling that denied federal assistance for flooding in three counties.
Justice said Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled that May 6 storm damage was not severe enough to qualify for assistance in Cabell, Putnam and Roane counties.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine man pleaded guilty to federal bank fraud charges stemming from a Paycheck Protection Program application, federal prosecutors said.
The U.S. Department of Justice said the Skowhegan man obtained a $59,145 loan for his Bangor-based company using false employee wage information and false supporting payroll documentation.
NEW YORK (AP) — The rent has come due for America’s small businesses and at a very inopportune time.
Landlords were lenient about rent payments during the first two years of the pandemic. Now, many are asking for back rent, and some are raising the current rent as well.
A federal grand jury has indicted a Baltimore man for submitting several fraudulent loan applications as well as stealing the identity of a tax preparer, according to a federal prosecutor.
Dana Lamar Antonio Hayes Jr., 37, on federal charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and aggravated identity theft, said U.S.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center has announced its next state director.
He is Steve Johnson, who has been with the agency for almost a decade in various roles, including business coach, network coordinator and deputy director.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is working to build connections with local businesses under a pilot project approved by the West Virginia Legislature.
MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida police officer has been charged with fraudulently applying for a COVID-19 relief advance grant and low-interest loan.
A federal grand jury in Miami returned an indictment Wednesday against the 44-year-old Coral Springs police officer, according to court records.
The U.S. failed to take basic steps at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent fraud in a federal aid program intended to help small businesses, depleting the funds and making people more vulnerable to identity theft, the chairman of a House panel examining the payouts said Tuesday.
NEW YORK (AP) —
Small businesses that depend on outdoor crowds and free-spending tourists aren’t sure what to expect this summer.
Consumers likely have a lot of pent-up demand after more than two years of the pandemic.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal wire fraud charge for misusing more than $6 million in business loans through a pandemic relief program, prosecutors said.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses have quickly adopted remote working and transitioned to new technologies, such as contactless payments and online ordering. Unfortunately, these adjustments have come with increased risks.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who owns a learning center for children with autism has been selected as the U.S. Small Business Administration small business person of the year.
Jill Scarbro-McLaury is the first person in West Virginia to receive the award, Gov.
NEW YORK (AP) — Some small businesses are still struggling to hire qualified workers, even as Americans return to the U.S. job market in droves.
Hiring and retaining employees remains the top challenge for small businesses, according to a survey of 1,100 businesses by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Voices out last week.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly has vetoed a bill that would prevent cities and counties from banning, limiting or even taxing plastic bags, straws and food containers.
Kelly rejected the measure Monday after previously telling reports that she was a “major local-control advocate."
NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses still have the pandemic and now high inflation to grapple with — and they're finding it's tough to get a loan to help with the daily grind.
A recently released survey from the Federal Reserve shows how the pandemic has altered the financial landscape for small business.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and leaders in the legislature have reached a $1.86 billion agreement for tax relief over five years for retirees, small businesses and low-income families, officials announced Monday.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A Hanford contractor and its owners will pay nearly $3 million after being accused of fraud related to a loan from a federal program to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses that have been buffeted by the pandemic, inflation and shipping woes have another challenge to add to their plate: taxes.
Tax season can be complicated for everyone, but as the April 18 filing deadline looms, small-business owners, contractors, entrepreneurs and others face a raft of ever-changing rules and regulations.
“Buy now, pay later” is becoming common at large retailers like Target, Ikea and Macy’s. More and more small-business owners are allowing their customers the ability to pay in installments, too.
In fact, 55% of local businesses use buy now, pay later online and 5% offer it as an in-store payment option, according to a February survey from payments news site PYMNTS.com.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man who funneled students’ financial aid funds to his own bank accounts and falsified business records to get a COVID-19 relief loan has been convicted on several counts of fraud and money laundering.
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man has been charged in connection with a scheme to use more than $1 million in federal pandemic relief funding to buy a condominium in the Middle East.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $900,000 in COVID-19 relief funds.
Amber Bruey, 35, of Lehigh Acres, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Fort Myers federal court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and illegal monetary transactions, according court records.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than $64 million in federal assistance has been approved for people in Kentucky affected by deadly storms and tornadoes three months ago, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada is backing a bid to boost entrepreneurship and improve access to funding for small business and startup accelerators in two of its largest cities.
Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the effort on Tuesday with Mayor Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas and Mayor Hillary Schieve of Reno.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave initial approval Wednesday to a grant program for small businesses that are hit by natural disasters, pandemics or other emergencies, but it won't get any money this year.
DUBLIN, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man was sentenced to three years in prison after illegally obtaining a coronavirus relief loan and using more than $57,000 of the money to buy a collectable Pokemon card, authorities said Monday.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Burke man who runs a business that provides outdoor education has been appointed to the Vermont Legislature, Gov. Phil Scott announced Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Visa says it will lower its credit card “swipe” fees for online and in-store transactions by 10% for small businesses starting in April.
The move comes as the pandemic continues to accelerate a shift to digital payments.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman accused of lying on her application for a federally backed mortgage loan and fraudulently applying for a COVID-19-related business loan and pandemic-related unemployment benefits has pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors said.
As the union for national team players works out the details of a historic equitable pay agreement with U.S. Soccer, the players are looking to expand their influence into programs that benefit other women.
MIAMI (AP) — A $20 million grant from Wells Fargo will help The Miami Foundation assist historically disadvantaged small business owners in owning more of their businesses' assets and improve technology to better serve their customers, officials said.
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Dan McKee, touting his history as a small business owner and his work in helping Rhode Island pull through and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, announced as expected Tuesday that he will seek a full four-year term as governor.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who along with an accomplice fraudulently sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in coronavirus pandemic relief loans intended for struggling small businesses avoided prison and was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Manchester NAACP and the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund are launching an effort to deliver financing and coaching to small businesses owned by people of color.
The initiative began with interviews with 45 business owners in greater Manchester who identify as black, indigenous, or people of color, about their strengths, struggles, and what their businesses need to succeed.
ATLANTA (AP) — Wells Fargo on Friday announced a $20 million donation as part of an initiative to help Atlanta small business owners.
The details were announced at a news conference in Atlanta, where company officials said the money will help small business owners to own more of their business assets, including property and equipment.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has pleaded guilty in a scheme to steal money intended to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to federal prosecutors.
Benjamin Tifekchian, 47, of Portland, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to bank fraud as part of a plea deal, U.S.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky homeowners and renters who had damage during the December storms and tornadoes have about three more weeks to apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of fraudulently collecting more than $1.3 million in COVID-19 relief funds has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Johnson Eustache, of Palm Bay, was sentenced Tuesday in Orlando federal court, according to court records.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to three years and six months in prison for fraudulently collecting over $800,000 in COVID-19 relief funds.
Louis Thornton III, 63, of St. Petersburg, was sentenced Friday in Tampa federal court, according to court records.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Small private nonprofit organizations in five West Virginia counties have a few more weeks to apply for federal loans for economic losses from several winter storms last February.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A task force created to consider how to help Missouri's small businesses recover from the financial strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic issued several recommendations on Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — In just two weeks, the cost of pecans for the pies at Peggy Jean’s Pies in Columbia, Missouri, has surged nearly 40%, perplexing co-owner Rebecca Miller and adding to the cost of doing business.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia couple has pleaded guilty to submitting at least 40 fake loan applications totaling more than $5.1 million connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S.
Rhode Island lawmakers overwhelmingly approved spending $119 million in federal pandemic relief money Tuesday when they returned to the State House to start the new legislative session.
Rhode Island got more than $1.1 billion in American Rescue Plan funds, but has yet to spend any of it.