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Buffalo companies settle for $92,000 over false COVID-19 aid claims

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Buffalo Transportation Inc., Ontario Bus Inc., and related businesses owned by Igor Finkelshtein agreed to pay $91,838 to settle allegations of submitting false statements to obtain COVID-19 relief funds, U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced. The businesses were accused under the False Claims Act of not disclosing Finkelshtein’s felony conviction, which made them ineligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grants and loans from the Small Business Administration.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Coriell emphasized that the disclosure of criminal history is mandatory for applicants of the EIDL program. The failure to disclose such information led to the fraudulent acquisition of pandemic-related financial aid.

The settlement resolves a whistleblower lawsuit initiated by Aidan Forsyth, who will receive a portion of the recovery. This case underscores the federal commitment to prosecuting misuse of government aid, as highlighted by officials from the FBI and the Secret Service who investigated the case.