MIAMI — Luke Joselin, 36, of Coral Springs, Fla., was sentenced today to 84 months in federal prison for soliciting nearly $2 million in fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
According to evidence presented during a three-day trial in August 2022, Joselin and his co-conspirators, Judlex Jean Louis and Renaldo Harrison, flooded online loan processors with multiple fraudulent PPP loan applications. They used increasingly brazen tactics and sought more and more money as the scheme progressed.
Joselin first applied for and received a PPP loan of approximately $27,000 for his non-existent sole proprietorship. He used a fake social security number and fake tax documents. He then coached Harrison and Jean Louis on how to do the same. Joselin and Jean Louis then applied for several other PPP loans of similar size in the names of people whose identities they had stolen.
After securing these small dollar PPP loans, Joselin, Harrison and Jean Louis began submitting PPP loan applications worth approximately $180,000 for the businesses they controlled. These larger apps were usually aimed at companies that had no real business and were also backed up with bogus tax forms, including a form that Joselin, Harrison and Jean Louis recycled into several apps, only changing the name of the company.
At the conclusion of the trial, a federal jury found Joselin guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, nine counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated impersonation. In addition to the prison sentence, a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida also ordered Joselin to serve three years of probation and pay $812,857 in restitution and $396,477 in forfeiture of assets.
Jean Louis and Harrison were separately charged and convicted in the Southern District of Florida for their roles in the scheme.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Brian Swain, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office of the United States Secret Service (USSS); and Matthew D. Line, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), Miami Office, made the announcement.
The USSS and IRS-CI investigated the case, with assistance from the Coral Springs Police Department: Economic Crimes Unit; Broward County District Attorney’s Office; and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Kiran N. Bhat and Michael B. Homer prosecuted the case. Assistant United States Attorney Raemy Charest-Turken handled the asset forfeiture.
On September 15, 2022, the Attorney General selected the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida to lead one of three national COVID-19 Fraud Task Force teams. The Department of Justice created the Strike Force to bolster existing efforts to combat and prevent financial fraud related to COVID-19. For more information on the department’s response to the pandemic, please click here.
Anyone with information about alleged attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Disaster Fraud Center hotline at 866-720- 5721 or via the NCDF online complaint form at: here.
Related court documents and information may be viewed on the District Court for the Southern District of Florida website at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov .