WASHINGTON — Computer errors caused the government to hand out duplicate loans to thousands of borrowers under the Trump administration’s program to rescue businesses from the economic ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This money was meant for mom-and-pop small businesses struggling to keep the lights on, not big corporations, grifters and cheats,” said Kyle Herrig, head of the watchdog group Accountable.US. “But given the Trump administration’s insistence that banks and companies could self-regulate, it’s no surprise so much fraud and sloppiness slipped through the cracks.”