BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The United States Department of Justice has indicted a 23-year-old woman for mail fraud and wire fraud on Friday, July 22.

According to the indictment, Tynea Gray of Donaldsonville and Prairieville between June 2020 and Oct. 2021, Gray submitted unemployment claims in California in her name and in the names of others. Gray also submitted claims for Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) benefits in the names of false businesses and based on false business profits and losses.

She was able to get names, birth dates, and social security numbers of others, and submitted fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits in their names, with or without their knowledge or consent.

Gray had people’s identifying information through social media and used that to file numerous claims. She either gave a portion of the funds to others or kept it for herself. During this method, Gray gained hundreds of thousands of dollars in prepaid debit cards in the mail, according to the indictment.

The Department of Justice says in Feb. 2021, Gray created a scheme to defraud a lender and the United States, through the Small Business Administration, by filing false applications for PPP funds.

Gray submitted a false PPP application for the business under the name “Royaldiamondzkollection LLC” seeking funds from PPP. She forged a bank statement, false tax documents, and made misrepresentations in her PPP applications.

Gray was able to get over $550,000 in prepaid debit cards in her mailbox, as well as $20,833 to be deposited into her bank account, which she was not entitled to, officials say.

The FBI and United States Department of Labor are investigating the matter and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward Warner.