The operators of an alleged grant scam called Grant Bae that targeted minority-owned businesses will face a permanent ban from grant-writing and business consulting services as a result of a lawsuit brought against them by the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Florida.
“These fraudsters preyed on minority-owned businesses that were trying to survive the pandemic,” said Samuel Levine, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Our proposed orders will ensure these scammers get out and stay out of the grant writing and business consulting fields.”
In their complaint against Grant Bae, the FTC and Florida alleged that Grant Bae and its owner, Treashonna P. Graham, scammed businesses out of money, sometimes thousands of dollars each, with false promises of “guaranteed” grant funding and COVID-19 economic benefits that did not materialize.
The defendants in the…