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NYC: Cop-hating protester accused of defrauding COVID-19 relief loan program

A cop-hating protester accused of trying to cut the brake line of an NYPD van faces a new fraud case for lying about owning a car wash business to get COVID-19 relief funds, Brooklyn federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Jeremy Trapp, 24, allegedly applied for an interest-free loan and grant from the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program in June, claiming he owned a car wash business that employed 10 people and had pre-pandemic revenue of $150,000, court records show.

The Small Business Administration approved a $42,500 loan and a $10,000 grant, depositing the cash into Trapp’s bank account, prosecutors said.

“As alleged, Trapp filed an application containing outright lies in order to steal government funds intended to help small businesses and their employees survive the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Acting US Attorney Seth DuCharme. “The Department of Justice will ensure that taxpayer and pandemic relief funds are not misappropriated.”

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