A man from Camden County has been arrested for his alleged role in an unemployment insurance benefits fraud scheme.

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U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger says 22-year-old Willie Carter of Bellmawr is facing one count of wire fraud. He was arrested on Thursday, May 5th.

According to authorities,

Between July 2020 and October 2020, unemployment insurance applications in the name of Willie Carter were made to 10 different states. Each application used the same Internet Protocol Address. Between June 2020 and November 2020, the IP Address was associated with approximately 34 unemployment insurance benefits claims to various states, which paid out approximately $150,000. The investigation revealed that the IP Address is associated with Carter. Some of the more than $150,000 was transferred into two bank accounts in Carter’s name.

Carter appeared by videoconference before a judge and was released on $150,000 bond.

The charge of wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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