Identity Theft and Fraud
DATE & TIME: 09-23-2020 @ 12:06 pm
LOCATION: Rural Gage County / Firth and Clatonia
OFFENSE: Identity Theft and Fraud
CASE #: 2020-4337 / 2020-4339
Two residents contacted the Gage County Sheriff’s Office regarding fraudulent loans that had been filed with the US Small Business Administration in the names of their businesses. The victims were notified by mail that the Small Business Administration had issued loans of $9,000.00 to their businesses and although the loan payments were deferred, at present, they could make payments to reduce the principal and avoid added interest when the loans come due.
Neither person had applied for the loans, either personally or through their business, and were unaware of the loans until they received the loans. The Small Business Administration was contacted and the loans had been made, but the persons making the loan had not shown up in person and had apparently done so via the mail and/or online. The money had been delivered to banks, but not the accounts of the Gage County victims.
Reports for identity theft were completed for the Gage County victims. The Small Business Administration will report the loss of funds to the appropriate federal law enforcement agency and the investigation for fraud will be conducted by that agency.
Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson #903
Investigator T. Hanson #90310