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  • Writer's pictureJillian Helding

Former IRS agent in California charged in scheme that stole $3 million in COVID relief funds

A former Internal Revenue Service agent and Oakland tax enforcement officer has been charged in connection with a scheme that stole $3 million in COVID-19 pandemic relief money, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Frank Mosley, 58, is one of six people accused of obtaining money from the federal Payroll Protection Program in 2021 and 2022 by submitting phony loan applications for funds that were intended to help keep small businesses afloat, the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement.

Mosley and the others submitted applications for four companies, falsely claiming they had up to 49 employees each and at least $150,000 in monthly payroll when in reality they "were little more than shell companies, with no payroll expenses," prosecutors said.

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