Leicester Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Fraud Schemes

 by Tom MarinoJune 17, 2022

WORCESTER - A federal judge sentenced a local man to nearly three years in prison on Thursday for fraudulent schemes involving the US Small Business Administration (SBA) abd Loan and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Programs in Massachusetts and Nevada.

US District Court Judge Timothy Hillman sentenced William Cordor, 27, of Leicester, to 33 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Hillman also ordered Cordor to pay $8,000 in restitution to the SBA.

Cordor pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft in November.

According to federal prosecutors, between May and October 2020, Cordor carried out a fraudulent unemployment scheme by several claims for unemployment with the State of Nevada PUA and funds made available due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cordor also used stolen identities to apply for COVID-19 apply for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster loans through the SBA.

Cordor used another individuals information to obtain a loan from the SBA, then used the fund for plane tickets, hotel accomodations and other vacation related expenses.

In May 2020, Cordor surrendered $79,000 in proceeds from a separate unemployment fraud scheme in Massachusetts. He carried out that scheme prior to filing the claims in Nevada in July 2020.

 

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