Joliet man charged with defrauding Paycheck Protection Program with dog breeding business – Shaw Local

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A Joliet man has been accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $17,000 from the Paycheck Protection Program for his dog breeding business.

On June 14, Judge Art Smigielski signed a $1 million bond warrant for the arrest of 25-year-old Jacques Harris of the 900 block of West Park Avenue, charged with theft by deception, loan fraud , counterfeiting and fraud to state benefits.

Harris was incarcerated in Will County Jail on June 15. It has been there since Monday.

Harris has already been convicted of aggravated robbery twice in 2016. He has two pending cases since 2020 for possession of firearms and drug delivery.

Prosecutors alleged in a criminal complaint that Harris applied for a $17,082 Paycheck Protection Program loan by fraudulently claiming his dog-breeding business had gross earnings of $82,000 in 2019.

The Paycheck Protection Program was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to provide small businesses with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs, including benefits, according to the U.S. Department of Health. Treasure.

Prosecutors further alleged that he submitted a claim for unemployment benefits on June 15, 2021 to the Illinois Department of Employment Security falsely stating that he was unemployed.

Prosecutors said Harris received $702 in unemployment benefits as a result.

Joliet Police Sgt. Dwayne English declined to provide information on Harris’ case as it is still under investigation.

Harris is due in court July 7 for a preliminary hearing to determine if he committed the offences.

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