Secret Service accelerates crackdown on Covid-19 scams


In nearly two years of the coronavirus pandemic, the US Secret Service has seized more than $1.2 billion in relief funds obtained by fraudsters.Now, the agency is stepping up its efforts to claw back the billions more that Covid-19-related fraud has cost the economy by tapping a senior official to work with law enforcement agenciesacross the country on the issue.Roy Dotson, who has spent nearly three decades in law enforcement, will be the agency’s point person for working with big banks to seize stolen Covid-19 recovery funds, and with the Justice Department to help crack down on the scammers.The goal is to “maximize our investigative impact” and “recover as much as we can” in stolen money, Dotson told CNN. He is also the assistant special agent in charge in the Secret Service’s Jacksonville field office.

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