Washington DC Pastor Rudolph Brooks Jr. Is Charged With Wire Fraud After ‘Lying to Get a $1.5 Million PPP Loan and Using It to Buy a Tesla, Mercedes, and Bentley’

A Washington DC pastor has been charged with wire fraud after he allegedly lied to get a $1.5 million loan under the COVID-19 payment protection program and ended up buying a Tesla and a fleet of other used luxury cars.

Rudolph Brooks, Jr., 45, was arrested earlier this month after allegedly faking tax returns and payroll forms for a business that he owns to apply for the loan under the federal government’s CARES act.

Brooks, who is a pastor at Kingdom Tabernacle of Restoration, also allegedly tried to fraudulently apply for two other PPP loans that were for $1.8 million and $200,000.

The fraud wasn’t tied to his position at the church.

Following his arrest, the FBI seized $2.2 million in funds from 11 different bank accounts and the Tesla he allegedly purchased using the PPP loan.

According to a criminal complaint, Brooks applied for the PPP loan under a Maryland-based car dealership that he owns called Cars Direct.

Brooks allegedly applied for the $1.5 million PPP loan on May 9 and submitted fake tax and payroll forms related to the dealership.

The forms reported $724,469 in payments and $7,471,630 in total unemployment payments to employees from Cars Direct.

The FBI, however, said the IRS has not ever received any tax filings for Cars Direct. The Maryland Department of Labor also has no record of Cars Direct ever paying wages or of Brooks receiving wages.

The Cars Direct isn’t related to the national dealership of the same name.

The $1.5 million PPP loan was approved and the funds were transferred into a bank account solely owned by Brooks, the complaint says.

Brooks is accused of then opening up a bank account under the name Payroll by BJM, which he transferred $500,000 of the loan funds.

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Source: Daily Mail

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