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Former Dentist Accused Of Stealing Nearly $8M In COVID Relief

(Portland, OR) -- A former Oregon dentist is accused of stealing nearly eight-million dollars in COVID-19 relief funds. The Oregon U.S. Attorney's Office says 43-year-old Salwan Adjaj of West Linn faces federal charges of Aggravated Identity Theft and Wire Fraud. According to court documents, Adjaj allegedly used the names and employer identification numbers of fictitious businesses on dozens of fraudulent loan applications he submitted to the Small Business Administration and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Investigators say he converted the money to personal use. Adjaj was arrested on Tuesday.

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