Chester Man Charged with COVID-Relief Fraud
July 22, 2021 by Staff Report

Criminal charges have been filed against a Chester Township man related to his alleged scheming to submit fraudulent loan applications seeking tens of thousands of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds.

Criminal charges have been filed against a Chester Township man related to his alleged scheming to submit fraudulent loan applications seeking tens of thousands of dollars in COVID-19 relief funds. According to an indictment returned last week by a federal grand jury in Cleveland, in July 2020, Robert Bearden, 49, allegedly devised a scheme to fraudulently obtain Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, including approximately $60,000 in loans identified in the indictment. Bearden is charged with three counts of wire fraud and one count...