Proud Boys leader took out PPP loans after the far-right group formed a special unit for January 6
A leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right gang that played a disproportionate role in orchestrating the Capitol Riot, has reportedly secured north of $ 15,000 in paycheck protection program loans this year.
The keeper first reported that Enrique Tarrio, a chairman of the group, was granted two loans of $ 7,750 respectively on March 30 and April 16. According to records obtained by ProPublica, Tarrio is classified as an independent contractor working in “security systems services”. Tarrio is touted as the head of several limited liability companies including “SPIE Security LLC”, “Fund The West LLC” and “Proud Boys LLC”.
When applying for the 2020 Congress in Florida’s 27th Congressional District, Tarrio claimed to be the owner of “several companies involved in the surveillance and security industry.” However, Florida records did not indicate that Tarrio was a licensed security guard.
Tarrio is also classified as a registered agent of “Warboys LLC”, a company founded in July of last year but dissolved this year on April 7. Joe Biggs and Ethan Nordean, both facing a conspiracy, are also among the executives of Warboys LLC. charges related to the Capitol riot.
According to Penn Live, Warboys LLC reportedly shared the same address as another company known as “Proudboys LLC”, for which Tarrio was listed as both agent and manager.
Back in January, Salon detailed Tarrio’s series of failures in business and politics. It seems that the vast majority of the companies that Tarrio has founded are no longer active. In February, Tarrio ran for the 27th Congressional District of Florida, but failed to stand for election. Florida records appear to indicate that Tarrio, now 39, legally resides with his mother in Miami, where he operates a business known as “1776 Merchandise,” which operates the 1776 Shop, an e-commerce store that sells far-right goods.
In 2014, Tarrio was arrested and convicted of stealing and reselling diabetes tests from Abbott Labs – a crime that earned him sixteen months in federal prison. Tarrio has yet to pay the company $ 1.2 million in restitution.
At the end of December, prosecutors say, Tarrio announced the creation of the Ministry of Self-Defense, a special chapter within the organization. calling it the Ministry of Self-Defense. At least four men in the group have been charged with conspiracy during the siege on Capitol Hill, NBC News reported. On January 4, just before the Capitol riot, Tarrio was stopped to vandalize a black church and possess a high capacity power device. Tarrio was then barred from entering Washington, DC, which prevented him from participating in the assault on the Capitol.
The PPP loan program was first implemented under the Trump administration last year under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to help businesses and stay afloat during the pandemic. In January, Biden expanded the program for a second round, allowing companies to apply for more funding until May 31. However, according to CNBC, millions of borrowers missed the opportunity to apply for a second loan because the program ran out of funding in the first week of May.
While the PPP program has been a lifeline for several needy businesses during the COVID crisis, it has also come under heavy criticism amid revelations that large companies – as well as a high net worth The politicians – took out loans when many small businesses could not qualify.