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Fraud-Prone Aid Program Sent $7 Million to Family’s Fake Farms

The SBA approved loans and grants to dozens of new agricultural businesses registered at three single-family homes in the Cleveland area.

The house on Forestview Avenue in Euclid, Ohio, where 20 agriculture companies were registered. 

The house on Forestview Avenue in Euclid, Ohio, where 20 agriculture companies were registered. 

Photographer: Dustin Franz/Bloomberg

The single-family house on Forestview Avenue in Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, shows no signs of farming activity. The only things growing on the one-eighth-acre plot are trees, shrubs and grass.

But 20 companies registered at that address, with names like Organic Ohio Berries LLC and Garlic Farming LLC, have won government approval for loans and grants intended to support small businesses hurt by the pandemic.