The federal government has rolled out trillions of dollars in aid through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). As past is often prologue, we expect this new round of massive government spending to someday be subjected to strict government oversight, audits and investigations, and whistleblowers searching for potential fraud, waste and abuse. Flooding the economy with aid will no doubt prove too tempting for the ever-present fraudsters in society who are always looking to take advantage. As we have learned from past crises, however, when government enforcement agencies cast its enforcement nets far and wide in search of potential fraud and abuse, unwary businesses may be ensnared along with the usual fraudsters because of their sloppy or reckless practices. Deficient practices today could trigger investigations or enforcement action tomorrow.
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