In June 2020, we asked if Disenrolling Tribes Fudging the Numbers for CARES Act At last nights State of the Union
“We’re gonna go after the criminals who stole billions of relief money meant for small business and millions of Americans,” Biden said during his State of the Union address.
“Tonight, I’m announcing that the Justice Department will soon name a chief prosecutor for pandemic fraud," Biden said.
The department's COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force "will expand its already robust efforts by appointing a Chief Prosecutor to lead teams of specialized prosecutors and agents focusing on major targets of pandemic fraud, such as those committing large-scale identity theft, including foreign-based actors," the White House said.
"These strike force teams will also use state-of-the-art data analytics tools to connect the dots on identity theft and other complex fraud schemes committed across state lines or transnationally, as well as investigate major cases of criminal fraud in programs like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Unemployment Insurance (UI)," it added.
Maybe corrupt, disenrolling tribes is a good place to start. Treasury issued this CARES Act guidance: "a per capita payment to residents of a particular jurisdiction without an assessment of individual need would not be an appropriate use of payments from the Fund."
Here's a good example of what could/should be looked at:
Does Picayune Rancheria have MORE population than Pechanga after disenrolling HALF their tribe:
Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians CA
$7,991,043 $2,807,598 $5,183,446
Indianz.com chimed in:
Final thought from noted Native Attorney Gabe Galanda
The @HUD_ONAP Southwest office serves #California. Indianz so far has counted more than 30 tribes in Cali with Indian housing population that's DOUBLE their enrollment. Of these, a handful have been known to kick out citizens. #StopDisenrollment #CARESAct #COVID19 #Coronavirus— indianz.com (@indianz) June 28, 2020
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