United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri

04/16/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/16/2024 14:29

St. Louis County Woman Admits $100,000 Pandemic Loan Fraud

Press Release

St. Louis County Woman Admits $100,000 Pandemic Loan Fraud

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

ST. LOUIS -A woman from St. Louis County, Missouri on Tuesday admitted fraudulently obtaining five pandemic relief loans totaling $104,163.

Camille N. Foster, 32, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of wire fraud. She admitted that between May 2020 and November 2021, she fraudulently obtained five Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

PPP loans were intended to help struggling small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Foster submitted loan applications on behalf of three businesses, Humble Hearts Home Healthcare LLC, Embellished Jewels LLC and Muse Me Boutique LLC. On the applications, she knowingly misrepresented the payroll and annual income of the businesses, which were not in operation at the time. She also submitted fraudulent tax forms to support the applications. Each application requested about $20,000. In an application for Muse Me Boutique, Foster used someone else's name and Social Security number on the application, and Foster signed that person's name on the application without the person's knowledge or authorization.

Based on the false representations in her PPP loan applications, the lenders approved the applications and transferred the loan amounts into Foster's bank accounts.

Foster spent the money on personal retail purchases, dining, cosmetic surgery, bill payments, travel, tax payments and payments to others. She then submitted fraudulent applications for PPP loan forgiveness for many of the loans she received, falsely claiming that she had spent most or all the money on payroll costs.

Foster, also known as Foster-Nunley, is scheduled to be sentenced July 18. The charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both prison and a fine. She has also agreed to a $104,163 money judgment.

The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Clow is prosecuting the case.

Anyone with information about pandemic fraud should call the Department of Justice's National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 866-720-5721 or report via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.


Robert Patrick, Public Affairs Officer, [email protected].

Updated April 16, 2024
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