Illegal Reception - Former NFL Wide Receiver Receives Fraudulent PPP Loans

Joshua J. Bellamy, former New York Jets wide receiver, was charged in 2020 for his alleged participation in conspiring to obtain millions of dollars from fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans.

Through his company, Drip Entertainment LLC, Bellamy is purported to have obtained a PPP loan for over $1.2 million. It is believed that he used the loan proceeds to purchase luxury items and partake in other excess spending.

In addition to receiving his own PPP loan, Bellamy worked with other conspirators to refer others to the scheme, draft fabricated documents and collect a percentage of the kickback monies received. The fraudulent scheme consisted of at least 90 false PPP loan applications encompassing more than $24 million in loans applied for, of which approximately $17.4 million were paid.

Bellamy pleaded not guilty to the charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. The case is currently pending. 

If you have any questions regarding potential fraud schemes, contact Tom Pratt at [email protected] or Brian Webster at [email protected].

This article is part of series highlighting fraud from the professional sporting world in support of  the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner's (ACFE) annual International Fraud Awareness Week. We invite you to read our other articles at the links below.

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