A 20-year-old Leicester woman pleaded responsible to her part in a COVID-19 pandemic work fraud scheme that included falsified statements for unemployment aid in numerous states working with stolen identities, the U.S. Attorney’s Office environment mentioned.
Destinee Snay pleaded guilty on Might 16 in federal court docket in Worcester to just one depend of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Snay was indicted in July 2021 along with co-defendant William Cordor.
From about June 2020 to about Oct 2020, Snay and Cordor conspired to file bogus and fraudulent promises for unemployment help in various states working with stolen identities obtained from a variety of areas, which include previous fellow inmates at the Worcester County Dwelling of Corrections Facebook and from Fb, officials claimed.
As portion of the plan, Snay applied Gmail, AOL and Yahoo to develop phony e mail accounts which she made use of to file the fraudulent statements. She filed close to 20 untrue and fraudulent unemployment promises for Massachusetts and other states, the U.S. Attorney’s Workplace explained.
Snay and Cordor then transferred the funds from the claims into pay as you go debit card accounts and applied the cash to pay out for accommodations, rental vehicles, a vacation to Miami and a procuring spree at Saks Fifth Avenue, prosecutors claimed.
Cordor pleaded responsible on Nov. 16, 2021 to just one count of conspiracy to dedicate wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud and 4 counts of aggravated id theft. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 16.
Cordor admitted to applying stolen identities to utilize for COVID-19 Economic Harm Disaster loans via the Small Business Administration.
He advised authorities he employed the cash to shell out for plane tickets, lodge accommodations, eating places, entertainment and purchasing through a Florida family vacation.
In May 2020, Cordor agreed to surrender $79,000 from of a individual unemployment fraud plan in Massachusetts and posted a photograph of the seizure on Fb.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled sentencing for Oct. 12, 2022.