Man accused of starting a fake business to get federal loans and grants

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Police officer Amaury Abreu of the 113th Precinct was arrested for his alleged role in an international drug trafficking operation. He was tried in the Brooklyn Federal Court on Monday. Photo: Rob Abruzzese / Brooklyn Eagle

Jeremy Trapp, a Brooklyn resident already jailed for sabotaging the brake lines of an NYPD vehicle, was charged Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn of inventing a bogus deal to obtain a catastrophic economic loan.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District, Trapp, 24, applied for an EIDL loan and grant in June. In the motion, Trapp claimed that he was the sole owner of a car wash located at his Brooklyn home address.

Trapp also claimed that he had 10 employees and that his gross sales were $ 150,000 for the 12 months leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic, the complaint said. Based on Trapp’s representations, the Small Business Administration granted him a loan of $ 42,500 and a grant of $ 10,000.

However, on September 10, FBI agents questioned Trapp’s mother at the family home. She confirmed that Trapp had never operated a car wash and that such a business had never been located there.

“The FBI’s own review of the Trapp residence confirmed that a commercial car wash could not reasonably have been housed in an apartment in an apartment building,” the complaint said.

“Without running a legitimate business or paying any employees, he was not entitled to any of the funding he received,” said William Sweeney, assistant director of the FBI. “As a result, Trapp now only has the option of spending considerable time behind bars.”

If convicted, Trapp faces up to 20 years for the accused of fraud. His defense attorney is Ashley Burrell of the Brooklyn Federal Defenders.

In the earlier incident, Trapp took part in a demonstration outside the Brooklyn Criminal Court Building on July 13 in connection with the arrest of several people who faced law enforcement demonstrations in Bay Ridge, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

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When the demonstration ended, Trapp spoke to a person who was a confidential source for the police and told them that he was going to injure police officers and cut the brake lines of police cars.

On July 17, the confidential source drove to Trapp’s home and picked him up. Trapp showed them a backpack with a scissor-like tool. Around 4 p.m. that day, Trapp and the source approached an NYPD van in Sunset Park, whereupon Trapp crawled under the van and grabbed something under it while the other person watched, the complaint said.

Around the same time, Trapp also told the source that he wanted to burn down the Verrazzano Bridge so white racists could not get from Brooklyn to Staten Island Staten Island Advance reported.

An inspection later revealed that the wire for a wheel speed sensor had been cut. The line is similar in appearance to the main brake line on the NYPD vehicle. If convicted on this charge, Trapp faces up to 20 years imprisonment.

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