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Fighting Since 1997

Payroll Protection
Program (PPP)
Loan Fraud Defense

Criminal prosecutions related to fraud carry serious punishments. The amount of money involved varies on the level of sanction.

Borrowers accused of PPP loan fraud can face prison sentences and fines.

If you face or want to avoid accusations of PPP loan fraud, you are in the right place.


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Avoid hefty PPP Loan Fraud charges.

The reason why you borrowed a PPP loan is to get financial support for your business. No one wants to get accused and be guilty of fraud.  Being charged with hefty payments is the last thing you want to happen.  We help you throughout the process to avoid penalties.

Stay updated with the new rules for PPP loan forgiveness.

The federal government can change the rules and regulations for PPP loan forgiveness. We keep you abreast of what’s happening in:

  • New bills about PPP loans
  • Payroll requirements
  • Extensions of forgiveness period
  • Deferral clarification repayment
  • Punishments and sanctions for every violation

Work with a respected federal defense attorney in Miami with over 20+ years of experience.

Leverage our team’s excellent trial skills and decades of experience. We specialize in protecting you and your business and helping you avoid or navigate PPP Loan Fraud investigation.

What's PPP

How well do you know the PPP Loan?

The Payroll Protection Program (PPP) gives emergency funds to small businesses struggling financially. It minimizes the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. Employers get payroll loan support for up to 8 weeks including its benefits. 

This program also helps pay rent, cover bills, and reimburse applicable overhead. It originated from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Small Business Administration (SBA) backs the payroll deduction loans. They get support from the Department of Treasury. 

Defining PPP Loan Fraud

PPP loan fraud is a serious violation. The US government punishes borrowers who abuse the terms of the loan. Most people think that fraud is always intentional. But even inadvertent PPP loan misuse also puts the borrower at the same amount of risk.

What’s investigated under PPP Loan Fraud?

Many borrowers have tried to use their PPP loans for personal gain. Others use the loans for unapproved purchases.

  • Fraudulent Loan Certification
  • PPP Loan Application Fraud
  • Allocating the PPP funds for unauthorized use
  • Fraudulent Loan Forgiveness
  • Loan Stacking
  • Lying during a PPP Audit or investigation

Are you at risk of a PPP Loan Fraud investigation?

  • Not all borrowers are aware they’re breaking the rules.
  • You’re not informed of the new regulations involving PPP loans.
  • The loan program is prone to fraud schemes.
  • The federal government is aggressive in investigating fraud.
  • It’s difficult to ensure compliance for a PPP loan forgiveness.

Our Firm

Garivia Law Firm has been in defense since 1997. Named after Frank J. Garivia, the team continuously adapts to federal changes in the government. Now, we’re helping people accused of PPP Loan Fraud. 

Integrity is our first priority in our cases.

Our Lawyer

Frank J. Gaviria is one of the best Criminal Defense attorneys in Miami, Florida. He’s fighting for his clients for more than 20 years and his peers recognize him for that.

Many of his cases are complex and federal, like international money laundering and narcotics conspiracies. Frank finished his Jurisprudence Doctor of Laws Degree from Hofstra University School of Law.

Aside from his professional qualifications, he’s also a father of two. He gives his clients deep and personal care throughout the proceedings.

Frank is available to represent PPP loan borrowers whenever those difficulties may arise.

How Can We Help?

Why Hire Us?

We put integrity first.

Acting with integrity means speaking positively about clients even when they’re not present. We promote honesty and truthfulness with clients in every case. Our firm sets realistic expectations and outcomes. We also choose clients who are in the right. Those who deserve our protection are the ones who value integrity as well.


We keep you connected throughout the process.

Building relationships and staying connected with clients is essential in our cases. We make a consistent effort to put clients in the loop throughout the entire process. 

The best federal defense attorneys put all jargon in simple terms during consultations. Fighting against fraud shouldn’t be too complicated when you know what steps to take.

We lay our thoughts down straight to the point. We don’t sugar-coat our statements.

We want clients to have the smoothest ride possible.

Informations on PPP Allegations

Different Allegations in Relation to PPP Fraud

Many applicants have exploited PPP loans by falsifying documents and information for their application or using the funds for unapproved purchases.

The Department of Justice investigates the cases of individuals alleged to have committed PPP loan fraud.

These are some of the actions that could bring you or your company under investigation and prosecution if you are suspected of defrauding the PPP:

Fraudulent Loan Certification
Any bad-faith certification can potentially lead to charges. When applying for the PPP loan, the beneficiary is required to certify in good faith including but not limited to the following:
-“The uncertainty of current economic conditions makes necessary the loan request to support the ongoing operations of the eligible recipient.”
-The money will be spent on payroll and other permissible business use
-The individual will not receive another PPP loan
-All the information provided in the application are true.
PPP Loan Application Fraud
Submitting false documentation and misrepresented information on the application loans to fraudulently claim eligibility.
Allocating the PPP funds for unauthorized use
Utilizing the PPP loan aside from the authorized purposes can lead to fraud accusations.
Fraudulent Loan Forgiveness
Using false information or applying for PPP loan forgiveness when ineligible.
Loan Stacking
Applying and receiving multiple PPP loans from multiple lenders.
Lying during a PPP Audit or investigation
Making any false statement, misrepresentation, or conceal information that is required to be disclosed during an investigation.


What People Say About Us?

I thought I was in big trouble. Everything turned out ok in the end thanks to the help from this firm. Many thanks and recommendations!
Virgina W.
I can't believe how helpful and knowledgeable this legal team was. I would definitely recommend them!
-Rick E.
PPP Defenses at its finest. Frank and his team know what they are doing.
Mary M.


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