Overman and the other individuals involved have ties to a single Atlanta businessman named Mark C. Mason Jr.
Mason was accused of helping the people with the loan applications based on false information and reportedly was paid a "success fee" from 2 to 5 percent for each approved loan.
Some of the others include Carlos "Clos" Stephens — a music producer and consultant who has worked with Master P and Little Romeo, Dale Godboldo — an actor who appeared in The People V. OJ Simpson, Thor and The Year Of The Dog, and Marvin Lewton — a media personality covering hip-hop known as OG Shadi Powers.
The indictments said the defendants would conspire with Mason to produce fake versions of IRS Form 941 documents displaying falsified payroll numbers to be submitted to an approved PPP lender.
One of the cases even involved a defendant who worked as an employee for the IRS and was accused of supplying Mason with signed PPP loan applications that were missing figures for the number of employees, average monthly payroll, or requested loan amount.
Even though some of the entertainers named in the indictments live all over the country, they all have business relationships with Mason, based in Atlanta. Hence, they are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Georgia.