Suwanee woman sentenced to nearly four years for multi-million dollar COVID-19 relief fraud

Lakisha Swope has been sentenced to federal prison for obtaining more than $3.6 million by submitting fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) applications.

“While businesses were suffering and trying their best to make it through the pandemic, Swope chose greed,” said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “Her greed impacted every tax-paying citizen. The FBI and our law enforcement partners will persist in unraveling these fraud schemes and bring criminals to justice.”

According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charges and other information presented in court: Lakisha Swope operated a nationwide scheme seeking to obtain fraudulent PPP funds. The investigation revealed that dozens of false PPP applications were filed from Swope’s residence.

Swope, 45, of Suwanee, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $3,626,961 in restitution to the U.S. Small Business Administration.