Briefly Noted: Rep. Davids works to help fraud victims in Johnson County

Rep. Sharice Davids is trying to help Johnson County residents who have been victims of identity fraud through the Emergency Injury Disaster Loan program. File photo.

Rep. Davids works to help fraud victims in Johnson County

Rep. Sharice Davids at a House Small Business Committee hearing on Tuesday asked government oversight officials to address issues of fraud and identity theft in small business loan programs in order to help victims of fraud in Johnson County.

A Shawnee Mission Post investigation found that at least 35 Johnson County residents have been the victim of fraudulent loans through the Emergency Injury Disaster Loan program. The total claims exceeded $940,000. Numerous cases of identity fraud have been reported through the program, which was expanded to provide relief to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. A Small Business Administration investigation found that about $1.1 billion in fraudulent loans have been distributed to potentially ineligible entities.

“Small Business Administration loan programs have been absolutely essential lifelines during the pandemic and there’s still much more we need to do to support our small businesses recover from the economic crisis,” Davids said. “Part of that support has to include ensuring the integrity of these programs and preventing further fraud and abuse from wasting taxpayer dollars. Every dollar wasted by fraud is a dollar that could have gone to a struggling business. I continue to urge the SBA to ensure that the victims of identity theft through the EIDL program, like those in my district in Johnson County, Kansas, are held blameless.”

Davids had previously urged the Small Business Administration Acting Administrator to prevent and prosecute allegations of identity theft and fraud risk associated with the administration’s relief programs.

Below is a video of Davids questioning oversight officials.

CarMax to host curbside hiring event April 22

CarMax will be hosting a curbside hiring event for 90 associate positions on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The hiring event will be held at its customer experience center in Olathe, 17300 W. 119th Street. Positions include customer experience consultants and customer experience assistants, with potential on-the-spot hires.

Consultants will get a $500 sign-on bonus and an average pay of $22.50 hourly, while assistants can earn up to $18 hourly, according to a press release. Bilingual candidates can earn up to a $2,000 sign-on bonus.

Mission Community Food Pantry to open April 22 for Thanksgiving in April

The Mission Community Food Pantry will be open April 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for Thanksgiving in April.

Located out of the Trinity Lutheran Church at 5601 W. 62nd Street, the first 100 families to drive through will get “a whole turkey with all the fixin’s,” according to a flier. Participants are to enter from the Nall Avenue entrance.