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(Providence, RI) On December 21, 2022, Mackenzy Scott, 26, from Providence, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seven counts of wire fraud, theft of government money, and four counts of aggravated identity theft. He confessed to submitting fraudulent online applications using his name and the names of others to obtain COVID-related unemployment benefits from at least seven states. T
his is not his first conflict with the law. Scott was in the middle of serving his federal supervised release after his conviction and incarceration for sex trafficking when he was charged with the aforementioned offenses.
In March 2020, which is four months after his release, and onwards to May 2021, Scott used his own name and the names of others to carry out a scheme to submit fraudulent documents online applications for COVID-related, federally funded unemployment benefits coming from state agencies in North Dakota, Massachusetts, Arizona, Nevada, Kentucky, Texas, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana.
Scott indicated false claims in his application and in the applications that he forged with the names of other people that he was eligible to obtain benefits. He further submitted false statements about employment and residence in the fraudulent applications.
Scott was not too careful with his illegal activities because he was not able to escape the eyes of the authorities. A United States Probation Officer learned of his fraudulent schemes due to alleged violations of the terms of his federal supervised release. Scott’s case is investigated by the FBI and the Department of Labor-Office of Inspector General.
Mackenzy Scott is among numerous criminals who exploited COVID-related benefit programs with wire fraud and identity theft schemes. To hold the offenders accountable, the United States General Office launched the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force using resources from the Department of Justice.
The initiative is also a cooperative effort with government agencies to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. In addition, the Task Force is dedicated to pursuing the investigation and prosecution of unscrupulous criminal offenders. In this way, the Task Force can coordinate with relief programs in identifying resources and arresting criminals who are guilty of fraudulent schemes such as wire fraud and identity theft.
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