PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Three Pittsburgh residents are charged with pandemic-related fraud.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Monday that Linda Slade, Dr. Rochelle Oaks and Keith Brown are accused of conspiring to provide false information on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance applications and fraudulently submit claims on behalf of at least 90 people for more than $880,000.
Shapiro says Slade and Oaks submitted applications, and Brown collected fees from the participants to pay Oaks.
“These defendants took advantage of a program meant for everyday people whose lives were uprooted by COVID-19 to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from all of us,” said Attorney General Shapiro said in a release. “We are working overtime to track down people who undermine the public by breaking the law and committing fraud.”
According to a release from Shapiro’s office, Slade and Oaks worked together but had separate lists of contacts for who they filed.
Slade is accused of preparing 61 applications, totaling $925,273 in PUA funds. Oaks is accused of preparing 31 applications, totaling $249,227 in PUA funds.