Section 1028A: Potent Weapon In Fight Against COVID-19 Related Fraud
White Collar Defense and Investigations Attorneys Michael Glenn, Brian Hayes and Jeremy Sternberg co-authored an article in Westlaw Journal White-Collar Crime about a statute being used to combat COVID-19 related fraud. The passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the unprecedented $2-trillion economic stimulus package it established provides fertile opportunity for bad actors to engage in fraud. One government tool being used to counteract such fraud is the federal aggravated identity theft statute, 18 U.S.C.A. § 1028A. The federal aggravated identity theft statute, 18 U.S.C.A. § 1028A, can be expansively applied by federal prosecutors across many different factual scenarios.