Two landlords have been indicted by a Fort Bend County grand jury for allegedly using fraudulent documents to receive CARES Act funds from the county.
According to a news release from the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, Matthew John and Roger Kurian have both been charged with tampering with a governmental witness, forgery of a governmental record and theft of at least $30,000. The district attorney’s office said Kurian has also been accused of two additional counts of forgery of a governmental record and one additional count of tampering with a witness.
In total, the district attorney’s office said John allegedly received nearly $38,000 in funds, while Kurian allegedly received almost $152,000.
The DA’s office said a county employee reported in December that one of the recipients of rental assistance provided by CARES Act funding – which was initially disbursed to the county last April – never actually applied.
Between July and October, the DA’s office said One Point Investments, LLC – which is owned by John and Kurian – submitted multiple requests for rental assistance using allegedly fraudulent apartment numbers and the names of people who allegedly did not apply for assistance. The leases attached to the documents were also allegedly forged, according to the district attorney’s office.
The DA’s office also said other businesses owned by and registered to John and Kurian applied for and received small business emergency assistance grant funds using allegedly fraudulent documents.