Small Business Administration Fraud (PPP Fraud)

The Coronavirus Act, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act is a federal law enacted in March 2020. It was designed to provide emergency financial assistance to Americans suffering the economic effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The CARES Act authorized forgivable loans to small businesses for job retention and certain other expenses through a program referred to as the Paycheck Protection Program. (“PPP”)

In order to obtain a PPP loan, a qualifying business must submit a PPP loan application which is signed by an authorized representative of the business. In the PPP application, the small business must state among other things its,

  • average monthly payroll expenses; and
  • number of employees.

These figures are used to calculate the amount of money the small business is eligible to receive under the PPP.

The Small Business Administration is aware that the PPP program creates the risk that some individuals will submit fraudulent applications to defraud the Government. For instance, if an applicant purposely inflates his payroll expenses or the number of his employees, he may be subject to prosecution for SBA or PPP fraud.

While this is a new law, the Government has already filed charges against individuals alleging they submitted fraudulent PPP loan applications. As the money allocated is for relief, the Government is zealously investigating potential fraud cases.

There are potential defenses to such charges. The PPP loan application process is complicated and an honest individual may make mistakes with no criminal intent in completing the paperwork. Additionally, If someone else submits a PPP loan application, and an honest individual is unaware of the fraudulent nature of the application, that individual would have a defense.


Every case is different. Defenses are based on the facts in each scenario. If you are under investigation for SBA or PPP fraud, you should take the matter very seriously and you should have legal representation. I have experience in defending against this kind of investigation.

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January 15, 2020

Mr. Fickman was recommended to me after an error in judgment (aka breaking the law) landed me in criminal court. There is so much going on in a criminal case, hiring someone out of a phone book just won’t do. After the first several hour long consultation we discussed the fee and that was what it was throughout the year long ordeal. The ability of Mr. Fickman to maneuver through the entire process helped me maintain my calm. One has to remember that the lawyer is more than just someone whom will represent them. I learned that the lawyer is the intermediary with the DA. I believe Mr. Fickman’s professionalism was the ingredient that that helped to get the case dismissed. His having an excellent assistant went a long way, as well. Martha was the icing on the cake for his services. Thank you, Mr. Fickman (and Martha).

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Impactful, Intentional Attorney
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Posted by Markethia
September 26, 2019

I am honored to write this review and expression my gratitude to and appreciation for Mr. Fickman for his time, feedback, and assistance. I am confident in his ability because Mr. Fickman is very thorough, analytical, and practical in his approach to represent you best as a client. He will keep you abreast of your case and the many possibilities that could and could not happen. I would recommend Mr. Fickman because he will do due diligence for you due to his work ethic, his morals, and values he has set as an attorney. In summation, Mr. Fickman is resourceful and energetic individual who will be constructively and active involved in your case from start to finish.

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Need more stars to put on this review
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Posted by Leyla & Lydia
August 23, 2018

My brother Tadeo was looking to 25 years minimum to life in prison for assault on a peace officer. Granted he has an extensive criminal background from violent crimes to sexual assault. I am glad a friend referred us to him best investment ever. After consulting several attorneys all of which recommend he plead out we are glad we hired Mr. Fickman. Mr Fickman we are forever grateful and by the way my brother had his charges dismissed and is a free man.

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I’M A FREE MAN
5.0 stars
Posted by anonymous
July 5, 2018

Robb has worked on my Federal case for 5 years, the outcome today was spectacular. NO JAIL TIME. I highly recommend Robb, be honest to him about everything and he will do his absolute best job to represent you. He’s very detailed, when I went to him 5 years ago he asked me questions that I thought what in the he** does he need this information for…. he needed it to defend me fairly.

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Great attorney
5.0 stars
Posted by anonymous
June 29, 2018

Mr. Fickman went above and beyond my expectations for my case. He was under the weather during the beginning of my case and still worked hard through it all. He is detailed, intelligent, and driven. Great attorney, would recommend to anyone.

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Great Guy and Attourney who fights for you!
5.0 stars
Posted by Michael
May 14, 2018

Mr. Fickman took my case and did everything possible to make sure the outcome was a positive one for me. In the end, after completing all of the steps I was asked to do by the courts, my case was ultimately dismissed. I couldn’t have asked for anymore more real and understanding. I would definitely recommend Mr. Fickman.

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DREAT MAN AWESOME ATTORNEY
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Posted by Raymond
December 5, 2017

Robert fickman will do everything to represent you as your attorney He is very thorough. Robert fickman listens to his clients and treat you as a person I was very pleased with my outcome thank you always

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Profesional and Experienced. Great as a Defense Sexual Assault Attorney
5.0 stars
Posted by Daniela
September 6, 2017

Very experienced lawyer. Hired Mr. Fickman to represent my dad in a Sexual Assault case. Such case got dismissed at the Grand Jury. The lawyer informed us of every step during the 7-month process and was always honest and profesional. Hope to never have to hire again but in a situation like the one we had this is a lawyer that will have your back and fight his hardest for his clients interests.

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Hard working
5.0 stars
Posted by Anthony
August 12, 2017

Mr Fickman helped me with a MRP. He came prepared and organized on court dates. A very hard working attorney that always answered all my questions. He communicated with my family and always returned my calls. Thank you , Rob.

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Gets the job done
5.0 stars
Posted by Jonathan
March 15, 2017

From the initial consultation, Robb was very thorough and very personable. Given the circumstance and possible outcomes with a possibility of an upgraded charge, he helped me get what exactly I had in mind prior to hiring him. Hopefully I don’t need to but have no reservations on hiring him again if needed. Thank you Sir!

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A SUMMARY OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY ROBERT FICKMAN’S CREDENTIALS

  • Robert Fickman has been a criminal defense attorney in Houston for 38 Years.
  • Robert Fickman has handled and won a vast array of cases in State and Federal Court
  • Robert Fickman has argued many cases before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Robert Fickman has had an AV Rating (the highest rating) with Martindale Hubbell for over 20 years.
  • Robert Fickman has been named a “Texas Super Lawyer” since 2015.
  • Robert Fickman is well-respected by his peers and he has received numerous awards.
  • Robert Fickman was the President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA) from 2006-2007.
  • Robert Fickman is a past Board Member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA).
  • Robert Fickman serves on the HCCLA and TCDLA Strike Forces where he is called upon to come to the aid of other criminal defense lawyers.
  • Robert Fickman is an outstanding public speaker. Robert Fickman was on the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers “Best of 2010 Speakers” and “Best of 2014 “Speakers Disk.”
  • Robert Fickman was named “Mr. Declaration of Independence.” in the Texas State Bar Journal for his volunteerism.