Gloucester County man admits to fraudulently obtaining more than $400,000 in unemployment insurance benefits

NEWARK, N.J. – A man in Gloucester County, N.J., admitted today that he illegally obtained more than $400,000 in unemployment insurance benefits, US Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Willie Carter, 23, of Paulsboro, N.J., pleaded guilty to information in a teleconference before U.S. District Judge Rene Marie Bambu, who charged him with wire fraud.

According to documents filed in the lawsuit and statements made in court:

Between July 2020 and October 2020, Carter filed fraudulent applications for unemployment benefits in various states. These states provide more than $400,000 in unemployment insurance benefits, which Carter got by mistake.

Wire fraud charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, whichever is greater, twice Carter’s gross profit or twice the total loss suffered by the victim. there is. Sentencing he is scheduled for March 14, 2023.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger has given credit to a special agent for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of the special agent for Jonathan Mellone. Postal Inspector at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Newark under the direction of Deputy Inspector Raimund Marrero of the Philadelphia Division. Special Agents of the FBI under the command of Special Agent Jacqueline Maguire in Philadelphia and Special Agents of the Inspector General’s Office, Department of Homeland Security under the command of Inspector General Joseph V. Cafari. guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cogan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Cybercrime Unit in Newark.

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