JPMorgan Chase has sacked a number of employees who allegedly deposited bailout funds to help businesses deal with the Kovid-19 crisis, a person familiar with the situation said.
Bloomberg reported earlier Wednesday that America’s largest bank discovered that some employees had improperly applied for and received funding under the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which has cost the pandemic-hit businesses $ 10,000 more. Interest lending offered.
The scheme differs from the Paycheck Protection Program, the federal government’s major bailout for small businesses that offered loan loans of up to $ 10m and has been plagued with problems since early April.
Unlike PPP loans, which were opened by banks, EIDL funds were directly spread by the Federal Business Small Business Administration (SBA).
A person familiar with the situation said that the individuals who had obtained the EIDL loan were not acting to their capacity as employees of JP Morgan, but that the breaking of the law was a violation of the bank’s code of conduct and led some people to their The EIDL application was removed as an inappropriate result. The bank declined to comment.
The applications were detected after the SBA directed banks to investigate any possible suspicious activity related to the EIDL loan program amid fears of possible fraud.
JPMorgan, which employs more than 160,000 people in the US, found that some of its employees had deposited suspicious EIDL funds in their Chase checking accounts. Those cases account for a “very small” percentage of the total suspicious activity exposed by JP Morgan, the person said.
On Tuesday, JP Morgan’s executive committee sent a company-wide memo warning that it had “discovered conduct that does not live up to our business and ethical principles – and may even be illegal” as the bank collapsed from an epidemic. The economy is in the grip of recession.
“This includes examples of customers who are misusing paycheck protection program loans, unemployment benefits and other government programs,” the bank’s owners said. “Some employees have been reduced. We are doing all we can to identify those instances, and cooperate with law enforcement where appropriate. ”
JPMorgan was the largest lender in the paycheck protection program, offering a government-backed loan of nearly $ 29 billion to small and medium-sized businesses in the grip of the coronovirus crisis. The bank is also looking into potential fraud there, as are other large lenders who participated in the $ 670bn program, which closed on 8 August.
Several states have instituted criminal proceedings over allegedly fraudulent PPP applications, casting aspirations in a program that President Donald Trump says would give businesses 51 million jobs to pay their employees. Rescued and leased out cities and towns vacated by lockdown.