Ex-West Linn dentist charged with $8M COVID fraud

WEST LINN, Ore. (West Linn Tidings) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged a 43-year-old West Linn man with fraudulently obtaining nearly $8 million in COVID-19 relief funds and using the money for personal expenses.

Salwan Adjaj, who practiced endodontics in Sherwood, Clackamas and Portland but had his license suspended by the Oregon Board of Dentistry in 2020, was recently charged with aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon, beginning in March 2021 Adjaj submitted dozens of fraudulent loan applications to the Small Business Administration. This was part of an attempt to obtain Economic Impact Disaster Loan funds, which were provided through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Source: Ex-West Linn dentist charged with $8M COVID fraud / KOIN News 6

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