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March 9, 2023Phoenix, AZ, United StatesCovid-19

Arizona man accused of fraud, forgery and theft involving federal Paycheck Protection Program loans

PHOENIX — Late last month, an Arizona grand jury indicted a local man for numerous crimes related to financial fraud schemes. Officials allege that the crimes occurred between June 1, 2020, and June 1, 2021. The indictment follows a probe by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

On Jan. 30, the grand jury indicted Randy Steven Kaas on 14 counts, including fraudulent schemes and artifices, forgery and theft in Maricopa County Superior Court. The charges are related to $3,715,276.50 in federal Paycheck Protection Program loans.

Assistant Attorney General Victoria A. Baldner is prosecuting the case.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Anyone with information about suspected COVID-19-related fraud or other criminal activity is encouraged to report it to HSI by emailing the Department of Homeland Security’s S.T.O.P. COVID-19 Fraud Tipline at

HSI launched Operation Stolen Promise in April 2020 to protect the homeland from the increasing and evolving threat posed by COVID-19-related fraud and criminal activity. Since the operation’s inception, HSI has capitalized upon its unique and expansive federal criminal investigative authorities; its strong intelligence analysis capabilities and resources; its expansive domestic and international footprint; and its robust law enforcement and private sector partnerships to lead the government’s investigative response to pandemic-related crime.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of more than 8,700 employees consists of more than 6,000 special agents assigned to 237 cities throughout the United States, and 93 overseas locations in 56 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

Updated: 03/09/2023