By enacting the $2.2 trillion stimulus package, Congress tried to buoy an economy that has been racked by unprecedented economic hardship. While it is unknown whether this effort will be successful, history has taught us that fraud tied to large disbursement of federal funds will be rampant and the government will necessarily ramp up enforcement to combat waste, fraud, and abuse.

This article—the first of a series on this topic—discusses the payment mechanisms in the COVID-19 pandemic stimulus package and sets the stage for how these programs could be abused.

Reprinted with permission from The Legal Intelligencer, April / 2020

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