Biden Directs DOJ To Go After Fraudsters Who Stole Billions In Relief

( During his first State of the Union Address last Tuesday, President Biden vowed to crack down on pandemic relief fraud, which he blamed on former President Donald Trump.

The president plans to have the Department of Justice expand its existing COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force by appointing a chief prosecutor who will lead specialized teams of prosecutors, called “strike force teams,” to target large-scale identity thieves who have made out like bandits thanks to Congress spending trillions of dollars on so-called “relief.”

Biden blamed the widespread fraud on former President Trump, claiming Trump’s cutting redundant regulations prevented the government from adequately monitoring the massive multi-trillion-dollar boondoggles passed over the last two years.

According to the White House, these strike force teams will use analytic tools to track identity theft and “other complex fraud schemes” that are committed across state lines or “transnationally.” They will investigate major fraud cases related to both the Paycheck Protection Program and the expanded Unemployment Insurance benefits.

Members of Congress have been warning about the fraud related to the expanded unemployment benefits for over a year, with some estimating the cost as high as hundreds of billions of dollars.

Under the chief prosecutor, the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force will continue doing what it did before Biden appointed a chief prosecutor, namely, combat fraud and identity theft in COVID relief programs.

The White House acknowledges that the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force has already successfully prosecuted many cases where individuals fraudulently obtained loans from the Paycheck Protection Program and where individuals stole extended unemployment benefits through identity theft.

In short, Biden’s plan is to keep doing what they have been doing, only with another layer of bureaucracy added to the mix.

The Biden Administration will also be directing the Department of Justice to “heighten the penalties” of those who commit pandemic relief fraud.