Dan O’Donnell investigates how COVID-19 aid scams by organized street gangs are helping to fuel Wisconsin’s crime surge
July 7, 2021
Perspective by Dan O’Donnell
It’s no secret that Milwaukee is, like most major American cities, in the middle of an unprecedented crime wave. What is downright shocking is the level to which the federal government is funding it.
Multiple law enforcement sources indicate that street gangs in Milwaukee are “flush with cash” from unemployment insurance, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) scams that they are now using to purchase “stolen guns on the street and massive amounts of drugs.”
Established through the CARES Act in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, PPP allowed small and medium-sized businesses, sole proprietorships, self-employed workers and non-profits obtain low-interest private loans so that they could stay in business and continue to…