On September 13, 2023, a non-DOJ individual pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. Jeremy Russell pleaded guilty in the Middle District of Georgia. According to the factual statement in support of the guilty plea, from in or about March 2020 through in or about April 2021, Russell, in connection with other non-DOJ individuals, submitted several false Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications containing materially false representations and certifications. Russell also agreed to forfeit $147,340.02. The investigation is being conducted by the OIG’s Fraud Detection Office and the FBI, on behalf of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee.