The owner of a California trucking company was accused of allegedly embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in a PPP loan fund from the federal government.
On July 8, 62-year-old Carl Bradley Johansson of Newport Beach, California, was arrested and charged after the murder. Ministry of Justice indicted… Johansson is accused of fraudulently receiving more than $ 667,000 under the COVID-19 pandemic defense program worth more than $ 667,000 for his trucking companies.
According to the indictment, Johansson applied for a PPP loan in April 2020 for his Western Distribution company based in Ontario, California. He received a loan of over $ 436,000 that will be used to pay salaries to 21 employees. However, the employees listed in the loan application did not work for the company.
Johansson donated these people to the Western Distribution payroll, even though they did not work there. Rather, they worked for other companies owned by Johansson and not listed in the loan application. In addition, Johansson mistakenly identified his son as the owner.
The funds from this PPP loan were spent in May and June 2020, mainly on non-payroll expenses. In fact, not only did Johansson not use the loan to retain employees, he laid off most of the company’s employees, only to re-hire most of them later that year.
To make matters worse, Johansson added his two sons to the payroll after receiving a PPP loan, making them the only employees on the payroll from April to August 2020.
Johansson applied for another PPP loan in April 2020. This time, he was asking for nearly $ 300,000 for his business in Merced County, which is only identified in court documents as Company A. Although Johansson and his wife controlled the company, Johansson’s 85-year-old mother was listed as the owner in the application for obtaining a loan.
Part of the scheme involved transferring 21 of Company A’s employees to Western Distribution payroll, which Johansson completed in September. At that time, a 24-week period was approaching for the spending of PPP loan funds. When the loan forgiveness was considered in January, Johansson was able to falsely show that he fulfilled the requirement to use at least 60% of the payroll loan. However, Company A was actually paying these employees, not the loan proceeds. Johansson’s son received more than double the salary of the next highest-paid employee in the paycheck.
After successfully defrauding the PPP loan system, Johansson repeated the same scheme with Western Distribution, applying for another loan of over $ 230,000. This loan was also approved. He was eventually caught after fraudulently obtaining loans worth about $ 668,000. If convicted, Johansson faces a maximum sentence of 70 years in federal prison.
Not the first indictment of the Ministry of Justice Johansson
Johansson is no stranger to the US Department of Justice. He is currently facing charges over three years ago, along with two other individuals and two trucking companies.
In April 2018, Johansson; Enrique Garcia; Donald Spicer; National Distribution Services Inc., Corona, California; and Wholesale Distribution Inc., Corona; were charged in connection with the deadly explosion on 6 May 2014. In this incident, a National Distribution Services welder was dismembered and killed, while another welder was seriously injured in the explosion of a cargo tanker. Johansson owned both shipping companies.
The incident occurred as a result of illegal repair of trucks. According to affidavit from a US Department of Transportation special agent, National Distribution Services was not a DOT registered cargo tanker or repair facility. In accordance with federal regulations, cargo tank repairs must only be performed by a manufacturer or repair facility that has a National Council R approval certificate or a valid American Society of Mechanical Engineers ‘U’ stamp.
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