CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A 22-year-old Bellmawr man is facing up to 20 years in federal prison for allegedly filing fraudulent unemployment claims in 10 states.
As the pandemic wiped out jobs and sent people scrambling for unemployment benefits, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger said Willie Carter took advantage by collecting more than $150,000.
According to Sellinger, Carter collected the money from July to October of 2020, and then deposited some of it into two bank accounts associated with his name.
The Feds say Carter’s claims were made from the same IP address. That IP address was associated with 34 payments.
Carter was arrested and charged with wire fraud, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He was released from custody on a $150,000 bond. A trial date has not been announced.