SBA / Treasury FAQ – 12. I need to request a loan to support my small business operations. However, I pleaded guilty to a felony crime a very long time ago. Am I still eligible for the PPP?

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Q:  I need to request a loan to support my small business operations in light of current economic uncertainty. However, I pleaded guilty to a felony crime a very long time ago. Am I still eligible for the PPP?
 
A:  Eligibility for the PPP has been expanded. A business is ineligible due to an owner’s criminal history only if an owner of 20 percent or more of the equity of the applicant:
 
• is presently incarcerated or, for any felony, is presently subject to an indictment, criminal information, arraignment, or other means by which formal criminal charges are brought in any jurisdiction; or
• has been convicted of, pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to, or commenced any form of parole or probation (including probation before judgment) for, a felony involving fraud, bribery, embezzlement, or a false statement in a loan application or an application for federal financial assistance within the last five years or any other felony within the last year.
 
 

This Q&A was based on REVISED information contained in the Treasury Department’s June 25, 2020, version of “Paycheck Protection Program Loans, Frequently Asked Questions,” which is updated from time to time.  This CARES Act / SBA / PPP related issuance may be found here:  https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf

 

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