An Ashburn couple has been arrested after allegedly conspiring to commit wire fraud via falsified Paycheck Protection Program loan applications, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Monica Magdalena Jaworska, 43, of Ashburn, and Tarik Jaafar, 42, were taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport on June 20 as they were reportedly attempting to flee to Poland.
Jaworska and Jaafar reportedly submitted a total 18 PPP loan applications to 12 financial institutions in the names of four business entities between April and May.
Per court documents, the applications falsely claimed certain payroll tax returns for each of the four businesses had been filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
Three financial institutions reportedly disbursed four loans totaling $1.438 million as a result of the falsified applications. Some of those funds were subsequently frozen, though documents say Jaafar was able to withdraw at least $30,000 in cash.
Jaworska made her first court appearance June 24 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, where Assistant U.S. Attorneys Williams Fitzpatrick and Kimberly Shartar are prosecuting the case.
Jaworska appeared later that week. If convicted, prosecutors say she and Jaafar each face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.
The Department of Justice encourages anyone who believes he or she is a victim of a scam or attempted fraud involving COVID-19 to contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.