The U.S. Secret Service seized more than $7.5 million funds from accounts at Bank of America and another $868,000 from First American Trust from ASLAN International Ministry, according to a civil forfeiture complaint filed in U.S District Court in Orlando, Fla.
A so-called international ministry based in Florida didn’t appear to do anything religious and was able to fraudulently obtain millions from the Paycheck Protection Program, federal authorities say.
When agents went to the Orlando, Florida, address listed for the group, no one answered and the door was locked, according to the complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in that city. $868,250 was used as a deposit on a $3.7 million home in Orlando.
And the group’s website has been taken down.
The complaint asks a judge to sign off on the seized money being forfeited to the federal government “on the grounds that the funds are proceeds from bank fraud offenses.”
The case is the latest in a string of law enforcement cracking down on massive fraud in the PPP program, which has led to more than 80 arrests connected to at least $240 million in fraud. The Secret Service alone has some 700 pending PPP-related investigations.