Californian accused of stealing $ 22 million in PPP loans


SAN FRANCISCO – A Californian convicted five years ago of defrauding several local governments in the state has been accused of attempting to steal $ 22 million from the paycheck protection program.

Attila Colar, 48, of Richmond, who goes by several pseudonyms including Dahood Sharieff Bey, has been charged with bank fraud in an alleged scheme where he forged documents to take advantage of the federal program to keep small businesses afloat during the pandemic coronavirus, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco said on Friday.

Colar faces up to 30 years in prison and a $ 1 million fine if convicted.

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Prosecutors have sought to keep him in jail while the case is pursued by telling the court that Colar attempted to destroy records related to PPP claims by throwing them down the toilet when investigators executed a search warrant on his home to Hercules.

According to a criminal complaint, he submitted nine loan applications, including three for All Hands on Deck, a non-profit organization he founded to provide services to those released from prison or prison, and received 1, $ 1 million for one of those requests. Prosecutors said he forged payroll tax documents to make it look like he was paying employees over $ 22 million, when there was no W2 form to back up claim.

None of the loan money was spent, defense lawyer Patrick Hanly wrote in a motion calling for Colar’s release.

“It’s a lossless paper crime. A fraud case involving allegations of misrepresentation on a loan application, ”Hanly wrote. “The loan proceeds remained in the defendant’s account for over 2 weeks before being seized by the FBI.”

The East Bay Times reports that Colar was the leader of a black Muslim temple in Oakland and a spin-off group of Your Black Muslim Bakery, after the bakery chef was arrested and later convicted of ordering the murder by Oakland reporter Chauncey Bailey.

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Colar was convicted in 2015 and sentenced to five years in state prison for submitting false documents in order to win security contracts with Alameda County, Los Water and Electricity Department. Angeles and the City of Los Angeles Housing Authority.

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