With a second Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on the way, small businesses have yet another chance to secure much-needed financial relief. But new concerns are mounting over the U.S. government’s inability to curb the risk of fraud that emerged during the first round of PPP funding.

Reports in The Wall Street Journal said the latest pandemic relief package allocates $284 billion in PPP loans for small businesses. Yet the new bill fails to address the gaps that allowed for fraudulent activity among some businesses that had secured PPP loans in the first round of stimulus, the publication alleges.

According to the WSJ, nearly 1,500 firms are facing allegations of fraud after receiving a combined $2…

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