Kansas City woman indicted again for $240K pandemic loan fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Six people, including four from the Kansas City area, have been indicted for an alleged $240,000 COVID-19 pandemic fraud conspiracy.

One woman is also now facing her second conspiracy accusation.

A federal grand jury indicted 54-year-old Renetta Golden-Larimore, 31-year-old Tajona Manning and 24-year-old Tashawn Mayfield, all of Kansas City, and 25-year-old Camonte Henderson, of Raytown.

Quinniece Smith, of Dallas, Texas, and Dannisha Taylor of New Orleans, Louisiana, were also charged.

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The grand jury returned the indictment Oct. 18, and it was unsealed and released Tuesday.

The indictment alleges all six participated in a conspiracy to submit fraudulent applications for Paycheck Protection Program loans.

The alleged scheme resulted in over $240,000 in fraudulent loans. Some were forgiven even though the funds weren’t used for what was specified in the application.

Court records say Golden-Larimore prepared and filed the false applications for the others. Prosecutors said she received payments between $2,000-$7,000 from the others.

The indictment also says Golden-Larimore created fake IRS forms for nonexistent businesses and inflated income for some existing businesses.

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Manning, Mayfield, Henderson, Smith and Taylor each received a PPP loan of over $20,000.

In addition to conspiracy charges, Manning, Mayfield, Henderson and Taylor have also been charged with wire fraud. Smith is facing two counts of wire fraud.

If convicted, Golden-Larimore would be required to forfeit over $75,000 to the government, and the others would be required to return their PPP loan amounts as well.

Golden-Larimore is already facing charges in another April indictment for a similar conspiracy that resulted in nearly $250,000 in fraudulent PPP loans.

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In that case, Golden-Larimore has already been charged with 12 counts of wire fraud in addition to conspiracy.

Earlier this year, federal prosecutors also announced an Olathe woman was charged in a separate but similar case. Theresa Griswold pleaded guilty to wire fraud after obtaining a fraudulent PPP loan worth $20,832.

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