Leicester man charged with unemployment and SBA loan fraud linked to Covid-19 pandemic | USAO-MA
BOSTON – A Leicester man was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Worcester in connection with his involvement in schemes to fraudulently obtain unemployment assistance and obtain loans from the States Small Business Administration (SBA) -United in order to take advantage of the increase in the federal government. assistance programs created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
William Cordor, 26, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft. Cordor had previously been indicted by a criminal complaint and arrested on March 5, 2021.
According to billing documents, from around June to October 2020, Cordor conspired with others to use stolen identities to file bogus and fraudulent unemployment assistance claims in various states, including Nevada, and transfer payments. on prepaid debit card accounts they’ve obtained. It is alleged that on August 18, 2020, Cordor was encountered by police in connection with a domestic violence incident and found in possession of around 21 prepaid debit cards with around 13 different names. Additionally, evidence related to this scheme was found on Cordor’s computer and cell phone.
Cordor also allegedly engaged with others in a second wire fraud scheme that involved using stolen identities to fraudulently apply for COVID-19 economic disaster loans to the SBA and similarly file them. loans on prepaid debit card accounts.
Prosecution documents allege that in May 2020 Cordor admitted to federal agents that he fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. On the same day, Cordor agreed to return to federal authorities the balance of $ 79,000 in his bank account that came from his unemployment fraud scheme in Massachusetts. This happened before Cordor filed the fraudulent unemployment claim with Nevada in July 2020.
The conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud charges each carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $ 250,000. The aggravated identity theft charge provides for a mandatory sentence of two years in prison to be served following another conviction, one year of supervised release and a fine of $ 250,000. Sentences are passed by a federal district court judge based on US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting US Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Michael Mikulka, Special Agent, Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General, Bureau of Investigations; Frederick J. Regan, Special Agent, US Secret Service, Boston Field Office; Leicester Police Chief Kenneth Antanavica; and Marlboro Police Chief David Giorgi made the announcement. Assistant US Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Mendell’s Worcester branch is pursuing the case.
The details contained in the impeachment documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until his guilt is established beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.