NJ Confessed Identity Thief Admits Stealing $ 450,000 in New York State Pandemic Unemployment Benefits
A Union County man admitted Monday that he stole $ 450,000 in New York State pandemic unemployment insurance benefits using the identities of other people.
Maurice Mills, 29, of Union Township struck a deal with the government rather than being tried, pleading guilty to wire fraud during a video conference with a federal judge in Newark.
Mills admitted that he submitted the bogus claims last year, funded by the Federal Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), “using other people’s names,” said said Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig.
U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti has set the sentence for February 2, 2022.
Honig credited the special agents in the Office of the Inspector General of the US Department of Labor in Manhattan, as well as the special agents of the FBI based in Newark, the postal inspectors of the US Postal Inspection Service and the special agents of the United States. American secret service.
She also thanked the New York State Department of Labor, Office of Special Investigations, for their assistance in the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Kogan of the Cybercrime Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark is handling the case for the government.
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