A Massachusetts man has been arrested and charged with allegedly using a stolen identity to fraudulently claim unemployment benefits from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
William Cordor, 26, of Leicester, Massachusetts, has been charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He was arrested last Friday and, following an initial appearance in federal court in Massachusetts, Cordor has been held pending a detention hearing scheduled for later this week.
In mid-August 2020, Leicester Police arrested Cordor on suspicion of an incident of domestic violence and officers found 21 prepaid debit cards in the names of around 13 different people, prosecution documents show.
One of those cards was a Walmart Money Card in the name of a victim who filed for unemployment with the Nevada Employment Agency.
DETR records indicated that on July 17, 2020, an unemployment claim was filed using the name and social security number of one of the 13 people, according to the affidavit of a special agent from the Department of Labor. United States and the Office of the Inspector General. Records also showed that the claim was filed electronically using an IP address assigned to Somerville, Massachusetts.
DETR described the application as fraudulent and did not pay unemployment benefits.
“On October 16, 2020, I spoke to a representative of NV DETR, who confirmed that the claim on behalf of DR was marked as fraudulent and that no payment was made for this claim,” according to the six-page affidavit.
The DOL investigator spoke with the victim earlier last Wednesday and confirmed that the person did not file an unemployment claim with DETR, prosecution documents show.
Edward Ryan, an attorney representing Cordor, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal Monday: “We will plead not guilty, and like anyone charged with a criminal offense, he is presumed innocent and intends to defend himself. . In most stories, there is more than one side.
U.S. Secret Service agents contacted Cordor in late May 2020 to fraudulently obtain unemployment assistance from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts using the identities of other people, totaling nearly $ 80,000, according to prosecution documents.
The wire fraud charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $ 250,000. A charge of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory sentence of two years in prison.
Last week, DETR agency executives told state lawmakers they were tackling widespread fraud within unemployment systems, causing unemployment benefits to be delayed for struggling Nevadans. The agency said it was reporting the fraudulent allegations to the Nevada attorney general’s office as well as federal law enforcement agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service.
“A lot of this is international crime, a lot of it comes from other continents and other parts of the country,” said Jeffrey Frischmann, a former deputy administrator hired by DETR. “So it’s really outside the jurisdiction of our attorney general and our local law enforcement.”