SBA's Handling of Identity Theft in the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program [open pdf - 624KB]
From the Document: "The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this Evaluation report to notify Small Business Administration (SBA) officials of significant matters regarding its handling of complaints of identity theft in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. [...] In this review, SBA examined the subcontractor system's notes in the loan file. Agency staff compared the possible victim's addresses and phone number to the application information using Google and LexisNexis. Agency staff also performed a public record search to confirm the existence of the business, often checking online information from the appropriate Secretary of State and county tax assessor."
U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General, Report No. 21-15