Eric Tataw Arrest Warrant For Fraud, Where is he now and what did he do? Stay with to get more update on this case.
Eric Tano Tataw, a Cameroonian national residing in the United States and notoriously known as the “garri master,” was taken into custody and is scheduled to make an appearance in court on September 8, 2023.
Recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) submitted a criminal complaint to the Maryland District Court, asking for a warrant to be issued for his arrest.
Kyle Zraggen, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations who has been investigating Eric Tataw’s National Telegraph, has produced an affidavit in which he accuses Tataw of “tampering with a witness with the intent to influence the testimony of Witness I before the grand jury in an official proceeding.” Zraggen’s allegations are contained in the affidavit that Tataw provided.
On September 1, he submitted an affidavit to the Maryland District Court requesting for an arrest warrant to be issued against the pro-Amazonian protagonist.
This individual is widely renowned for ordering the chopping off of the hands and limbs of CDC workers in a technique that he referred to as “garri.”
It is alleged that Tataw attempted to bribe a witness in order to prevent them from testifying before the DHS’ grand jury on the sums of money that Tataw borrowed in 2020 and 2021 on behalf of his media company, National Telegraph.
Eric Tataw Investigated For Loan Fraud
Tataw has been the subject of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a specialized division of the Department of Homeland Security, regarding claims of wire fraud and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan fraud.
Tataw alleged that the money was intended to pay his employees at National Telegraph, a media company that he formed back in Cameroon, and borrowed more than 163,000 dollars (about 99.7 million FCFA) from the PPP in the years 2020 and 2021. Tataw was president of the PPP at the time.
According to the allegations made by the investigators, Tataw lied to the investigators about the number of people working at National Telegraph, the amount of money his employees were paid each month, and the amount of money the company reportedly created in order to receive the loan.
According to the affidavit filed by HSI, “National Telegraph was approved for two PPP loans totaling over $163,000 in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the fraudulent applications.”
These loans were to be taken out in the years 2020 and 2021.
According to the report, “the evidence also indicates that Tataw used at least some of these funds on impermissible personal expenditures rather than payroll and business expenditures which are permitted by PPP rules and regulations,” the report continued.
“The evidence also indicates that Tataw used at least some of these funds on impermissible personal expenditures.”
If found guilty, Tataw could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison in accordance with the recently issued sentencing guidelines by the United States Department of Justice.
According to the criminal division of the Department of Justice, such scams are severe because they appropriate monies that are intended to benefit Americans who are struggling.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division stated that they are determined to identifying those who exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for their own advantage and holding them accountable for their actions.
“Our partners and the Criminal Division are committed to this effort,” he said. “These cases demonstrate that we are unwavering in our determination to prosecute those who have defrauded relief programs that were meant to help struggling Americans during the pandemic,” said the spokesperson for the Department of Justice.