MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG)—A Memphis woman is accused of illegally obtaining thousands of dollars in federal PPP loans and spending the money on personal travel, concerts, gambling and a new Maserati.

Kenyatta Danielle Hooper, 34, was indicted by a federal grand jury in May on six counts of wire fraud. She was arrested last week, according to US Attorney Joseph C. Murphy of the Western District of Tennessee.

Murphy’s office said Hooper allegedly submitted false documents and fraudulent applications for the Payment Protection Plan loans and directed others to do the same. Those loans were supposed to be used for business payroll, rent or utilities as part of the government’s effort to help small businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

But authorities said Hooper spent the money on herself, including buying the sports car. She allegedly also received bribes for helping others submit fraudulent loan applications.

The fraudulent scheme drew sharp comments from the United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, saying in part, “Unfortunately, bad actors have targeted this critical assistance program and fraudulently diverted much-needed resources.”

Prosecutors didn’t release many details about the scheme, but Kenyatta Hooper in Memphis is listed in an online database as having received a PPP loan worth $38,070 in March 2021. The business listed on her application was classified as a store. of hobbies, toys or games with four employees.

Records show Hooper is also listed as the sole owner of Smart Money Solutions on East Shelby Drive. The now vacant business also received a PPP loan in the amount of $20,833 in April 2021.

An employee at one of the other businesses in the mall, who did not want to be identified, said she had only seen Hooper a few times at Smart Money Solutions and never saw any customers inside.

We tried to reach Hooper on a number provided for the business, but got a recording.

The United States Secret Service’s Memphis Field Office assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Hooper’s arrest.

Hooper faces up to 20 years in federal prison for each count of wire fraud.

In April, a former Memphis police employee he was arrested and charged with illegally obtaining PPP loans for the purchase of a house.

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