"We Are Not the Fraud Police": How Fintechs Facilitated Fraud in the Paycheck Protection Program
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Brief Executive Summary
The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform investigated the role of financial technology companies (fintechs) in facilitating a disproportionately high rate of fraudulent and ineligible loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The report states that despite fintechs' claims of using technology and innovation to better administer the PPP, many of them failed to prevent obvious and preventable fraud. Some prominent fintechs, including Womply, Blueacorn, Kabbage, and Bluevine, faced challenges in properly administering the program, with instances of missed signs of fraud and inadequate fraud prevention processes.