Ex-Small Business Administration employee convicted of stealing identities of loan applicants

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A former Small Business Administration employee whose job it was to help people apply for disaster-related loans has been sentenced to prison for identity theft.

Jay David Soulliere Jr., 28, of Grand Rapids, was sentenced to 51 months in prison, three years on probation and must pay more than $18,000 in restitution.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit identity theft and aggravated identity theft in October.

Soulliere was a disaster recovery specialist for the Small Business Administration from September 2020 to March 2021, officials said. According to authorities, in the fall of 2020, he stole information about two people who had applied for loans from the SBA’s computer system.

This information was given to Matthew Moore Vodak Jr., who used it to commit identity theft. Officials said he bought a Land Rover with a fraudulent check and driver’s license, took control of a credit card, applied for loans and credit and forged fake IDs .

Vodak had previously been sentenced to 39 months in prison, two years of probation and ordered to pay more than $18,000 in restitution.

“Government employees are routinely entrusted with personal information from the public, and they have a duty to protect that information,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge. “This defendant believed that his work in government gave him permission to steal the identities of people already suffering the economic consequences of a pandemic. We take insider threats seriously and will hold officials accountable for breaching the trust of the audience.

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