Charlotte business owner and disaster relief loan “consultant ” pleads guilty to 1.2 million dollar COVID-19 fraud scheme


Date: Jan. 29, 2024


Glynn Paul Hubbard, Jr., of Charlotte, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud and money laundering charges for obtaining more than $1.2 million in fraudulent COVID-19 relief funds for himself and his customers, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Donald "Trey" Eakins, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI), Charlotte Field Office, joins U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to filed plea documents, from March 31, 2020, to Aug., 2020, Hubbard, Jr. submitted fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Relief Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and SBA-approved lenders, seeking to obtain relief funds for himself and for other businesses, which Hubbard, Jr. referred to as “customers.” To obtain the relief funds for himself and his customers, Hubbard, Jr. falsified the loan applications and supporting documentation by including false financial information, fake employment data, and fraudulent tax returns. Of the $1.2 million in relief funds disbursed as a result of the scheme, Hubbard, Jr. received more than $570,000 for himself, and over $660,000 was disbursed to his customers.

According to court records, Hubbard, Jr. promoted the fraudulent scheme through personal referrals and in social media posts where he advertised that he was a PPP loan/EIDL consultant. Hubbard, Jr. received improper loan preparer fees for his consulting services totaling more than $150,000. To avoid detection, Hubbard, Jr. required customers to pay his fees in cash, via cashier’s checks, or wire transfers.

Following the plea hearing, Hubbard, Jr. was released on bond. The wire fraud charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. The maximum statutory penalty for the money laundering offense is 10 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked IRS-CI for their investigative work in the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Caryn Finley and Cassye Cole with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte are in charge of the prosecution.

On May 17, 2021, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to marshal the resources of the Department of Justice in partnership with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and agencies across government to enhance efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. The Task Force bolsters efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programs to prevent fraud by, among other methods, augmenting and incorporating existing coordination mechanisms, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their schemes, and sharing and harnessing information and insights gained from prior enforcement efforts. For more information on the department’s response to the pandemic, please visit

Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 866‑720‑5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form.