Fri. Jun 14th, 2024
Business Owner Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for PPP and Mortgage Fraud Connected to Credit Union

In 2021, Jason Lee Rannfeldt, an Iowa business owner, was able to obtain PPP loans from two different financial institutions – a credit union and a bank. With these loans, he paid off a $600,000 mortgage with another credit union. However, this behavior turned out to be fraudulent and he was sentenced to three years in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger for multiple felony charges including bank fraud, false statements to a financial institution, money laundering, and false bankruptcy declaration.

Rannfeldt owned five different businesses and submitted false and misleading information about his businesses’ income and payroll information on 11 loan applications to obtain approximately $1.5 million in PPP loan funds from the credit union and four banks. This resulted in a loss of around $262,000 for Vibrant Credit Union, which approved four PPP loans for Rannfeldt’s businesses in 2021. He also used some of these funds for a down payment on a mortgage loan from GreenState Credit Union for his home purchase.

Despite declaring bankruptcy in December 2022, Rannfeldt made false statements and omissions according to court documents. After serving his three-year prison term, he will also be required to complete five years of supervised release.

By Aiden Nguyen

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