Small business owners with a criminal record aren’t eligible to receive certain government aid under the coronavirus relief bill designed to help keep stores afloat while the pandemic drags on.

The owner of a corner store in Maryland is looking to change that.

Altimont Mark Wilks – who owns two businesses in Hagerstown, Maryland – sued the Small Business Administration Wednesday, saying the agency acted outside the scope of its authority and ignored the text of the CARES Act when it adapted the so-called “criminal history” rule.

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