CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: West Seattle doctor convicted of pandemic-loan fraud

In July of last year, we reported on a local doctor charged by federal authorities with fraud for allegedly fraudulently seeking more than $3 million in pandemic-relief loans. Today, the Department of Justice announced that a federal jury found Dr. Eric Shibley guilty. From the announcement:

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Eric R. Shibley, 42, of Seattle, submitted several fraudulent PPP and EIDL loan applications to federally insured financial institutions, other Small Business Administration (SBA)-approved lenders, and the SBA, in the names of businesses with no actual operations or by otherwise misrepresenting the business’s eligibility. In the applications, Shibley falsified the number of employees and payroll expenses and concealed his own criminal history. To support the fraudulent applications, Shibley submitted fake tax documents and the names of purported employees who did not, in fact, work for the businesses for which Shibley claimed they worked. Shibley received over $2.8 million in COVID-19 relief funds as a result of the fraud.

Shibley was convicted of multiple counts of wire fraud, multiple counts of bank fraud, and money laundering. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 22, 2022, and faces 20 years for each count of wire fraud, 30 years for each count of bank fraud, and 10 years for money laundering. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

According to the online inmate roster, Shibley is in custody at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac. The announcement says the feds have “prosecuted over 150 defendants in more than 95 criminal cases and has seized over $75 million in cash proceeds derived from fraudulently obtained PPP funds, as well as numerous real estate properties and luxury items purchased with such proceeds.” They accept tips online here.

15 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: West Seattle doctor convicted of pandemic-loan fraud"

  • Alki resident November 19, 2021 (9:28 pm)

    Bwahahaha what an idiot. Good riddance. 

  • West Seattle Mad Sci Guy November 19, 2021 (10:07 pm)

    Wow. The yelp reviews from before this guy was caught are pretty horrific. There are 20 that are hidden by algorithms (Yelp hides reviews from people who have only written one review), but given the context, they seemed legitimate for a change.  And terrible…

    • Lisa November 24, 2021 (6:32 pm)

      He was making home visits to a friend’s elderly parent, taking a cash payment from the patient while also billing Medicare…Shibley is a long time con artist through and through.  Glad he finally got nailed for his dishonestly and greed. 

  • TTT November 20, 2021 (6:33 am)

    His business model was crazy. I looked up the business and he treated drug and alcohol addiction, weight loss,  immigration exams and sports medicine. What a bizarre combo! That right there is a red flag! 

  • A Mom November 20, 2021 (7:59 am)

    I wonder what is happening with his office and the parking lot behind? The parking lot is loaded with quite a few junk cars and such. My kiddos practice at the VFW once weekly and it feels sketchy.

  • Pessoa November 20, 2021 (8:41 am)

    Multi billions have been bilked from this program through inflated claims of financial hardship. Some estimates put it at 15% or higher.  No one turns down free money, apparently. 

  • Triangle resident November 20, 2021 (12:49 pm)

    Multiple requests to the business and to the city have been made to clear the “chop shop” from his parking lot.  The cars and trucks are now making their way onto the street for storage.  Please, can’t some entity investigate this and have the dismantled cars removed.

  • HS November 20, 2021 (1:56 pm)

    Just jumping in that many of us with businesses followed the rules and used PPP funds appropriately. Actions like this not only highlight the individual but also reflect poorly on the program. For my business, the PPP loans made a significant positive impact.

    • Pessoa November 20, 2021 (2:51 pm)

      I have no doubt that many businesses, like yours, used PPP funds appropriately, but having conducted some research on my own (Publicola), the scope of the misuse – or dubious use – of public monies is staggering.  Not just thousands of large businesses, some of which actually profited during the pandemic, but large successful non- profits, as well. Even churches with sizable assets lined up at the public trough. 

      • Pessoa November 21, 2021 (12:48 pm)

        *ProPublica. Not Publicola.

  • MKL November 20, 2021 (2:45 pm)

    His google reviews, and his responses to them, are… pure poetry. It’s a little disturbing it took a PPE scam to get him busted… It’s a good reminder to all of us to consider contacting the medical licensing board rather than just leaving a Google or Yelp review if we encounter an unhinged and unprofessional licensed provider. 

  • 1994 November 20, 2021 (7:43 pm)

    What a crook who deserves jail time.

  • JANETT COLLIER November 21, 2021 (10:25 am)

    The city needs to look into his flip houses, He bought one next to our home, he hired under the table drug addicts as well to perform the work with no licenses for their skills performed  prayed on immigrants that didn’t have their papers in order to do the work giving with the money housing in the home,  no permits pulled he then wouldn’t pay them and kick them out putting another prayed on victim in if they were drug addicts giving them a supply of drugs. This house still has people in it. They party all night, have fires when burn ban was in effect, cars come and go, other guests sleep in their cars down the road, and a tent city is in the back yard, garbage everywhere. I have heard they received a letter to vacate by the end of the month, but don’t see any action that they are planning to do so. My concern is the structural damage to these houses safety wise with no permits being pulled for structural or electrical work or plumbing. This house can be pulled up by the city on google zillow to the last sell before he bought it and the city can go look now and see the work done with out permits. I feel sorry for whoever purchases this home it is up for sell. Buyer beware. 

    • Klacoste November 21, 2021 (8:57 pm)

      Please please contact any and all authorities you can

  • Auntie November 21, 2021 (9:20 pm)

    You can file complaints at both of these sites. Your complaints will be investigated by the appropriate city entity and you will be advised of the result. You can remain anonymous.Make a Property or Building Complaint – SDCI | seattle.govSubmit Service Request – Citizen Web Portal (

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