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Yarmouth Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft and SBA Loan Fraud Charges | USAO-ME

PORTLAND, Maine—A Yarmouth man pleaded responsible right this moment in a federal courtroom to aggravated identification theft, and in a separate case waived indictment and pleaded responsible to creating a false assertion to the Small Enterprise Administration in a mortgage utility, Performing U.S. Legal professional Donald E. Clark introduced.

In accordance with courtroom data, in November 2016, John J. Cavanaugh, Jr., 52, utilized the Social Safety Administration (SSA) for incapacity insurance coverage advantages on behalf of his minor son. Throughout the utility course of, Cavanaugh falsely claimed that his son had resided with him since the start and that he and his son lived collectively. In reality, neither his son nor his son’s mom had ever lived with Cavanaugh.

In December 2016, Cavanaugh submitted a typewritten letter to the SSA that was purportedly authored and signed by his son’s mom. The letter falsely acknowledged that she and her son have been dwelling with Cavanaugh. The letter was offered in assistance of Cavanaugh’s utility for incapacity insurance coverage advantages on his son’s behalf. His son’s mom didn’t write the letter, and the signature on the letter was not hers. Cavanaugh didn’t have her permission to write down the letter on her behalf. The SSA accepted his utility for advantages and he obtained them till June 2018, when his son’s mom realized that he was receiving them and notified the SSA.

Yarmouth Man Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft and SBA Loan Fraud Charges | USAO-ME

Additionally in keeping with courtroom data, in April 2020, Cavanaugh utilized a Financial Damage Catastrophe Mortgage by way of the U.S. Small Enterprise Administration. The loans have been designed to assist enterprise homeowners negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The web utility that Cavanaugh accomplished requested if he was at the present topic to an indictment or different formal prison cost. Cavanaugh falsely answered “No” to this query. In reality, he was below indictment within the U.S. District Court docket for the District of Maine and was topic to an order setting circumstances of launch that knowledgeable him that if he dedicated a brand new federal felony whereas on launch, he was topic to further penalties.

Cavanaugh faces a compulsory two years in jail and a $250,000 high quality on the aggravated identification theft cost. He faces a most sentence of 30 years in jail, a $1 million high quality, and 5 years of supervised launch on the false assertion cost. He faces an extra sentence of as much as 10 years in jail, consecutive to some other sentence imposed, as a result of his dedication to the false assertion offense whereas on pretrial launch. He might be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Workplace. A federal district courtroom decides will decide any sentence after contemplating the U.S. Sentencing Tips and different statutory components.

The FBI investigated the case with help from the SSA Workplace of Inspector Basic and the United States Small Enterprise Administration.