Residents receiving bills from the government tell the I-Team they never applied for loans taken out in their name

ST. LOUIS — Paul Galeski never knew anything was wrong until he checked his credit.

“I first noticed this, in August,” he said. “I saw the report.”

He made a lot of calls but no one would answer. Nothing made sense until he got a call back.

“I tried to contact the SBA numerous times, couldn’t get through,” he said. “I get a call from the lady who ran accounts payable from my former company and said ‘Hey, there’s a loan here for you from the SBA.’ And I said, ‘Wait a minute, what loan? I don’t have a loan.’”

No loan and no company, either. He sold his small business years ago. Someone used his name and information to file for a small business COVID relief loan.

“I absolutely wonder because they had to open up a checking account at a bank in my name, as well, in order to get the money out of the SBA,” Galeski said. “So not only did they get the loan fraudulently, they took out a checking account in my name.”

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