Man Sentenced To Prison For Role In COVID-19 Fraud Scheme

NEW BERN – A Snow Hill man was sentenced today (Wednesday) to 31 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for laundering fraudulently obtained Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) benefits. On November 8, 2022, Dexter Duncan pled guilty.

“This defendant used stolen identities to create fictitious businesses so he could divert taxpayer money intended to support small businesses challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic to himself,” said U.S. Attorney Easley. “My office will continue to make the investigation and prosecution of COVID-19 fraud a top priority.”

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Duncan, 24, conspired with others to apply for EIDL funds on behalf of fictitious companies and using stolen identities. Several of the EIDL applications were approved, and $180,988 in loan proceeds was disbursed to bank accounts owned and/or controlled by Duncan, who was not employed at the time but was known live a lavish lifestyle.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa K. Labresh prosecuted the case.


  1. The politicians in Washington get away with it every day. Joe Biden currently holds the record.

  2. So, are you saying let this guy go scot-free.? what is your point other than you are a very unhappy man or woman.

  3. This same young man is currently being prosecuted for murder of one of our love ones and another man.

    Dexter Malik Duncan has been charged with the murder of Carson Adkins and Demarcus Smith. I wish the feds could be so fast with that case.

  4. While the media tricks you into caring about a mere $180K from this petty criminal, where’s the public outrage regarding the $183K that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene stole via PPP forgiveness? Or $937K that Rep. Mike Kelly stole via PPP forgiveness? Or $2.3 million that Rep. Vern Buchanan stole via PPP forgiveness? Or $1.4 million that Sen Markwayne Mullin stole via PPP forgiveness? They’ve fooled all of you into caring about the minnows while the big fish feed on your souls!!!! #VoteOutIncumbents

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