Leicester Woman Faces Fraud Charges for COVID Relief Funds

 by TWIW StaffJuly 12, 2021

A woman and man face additional charges related to a case involving fraud of COVID-19 relief funds after a new indictment handed down by a grand jury in Worcester.

The new indictment added a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud against Destinee Snay, 19, of Leicester. Law enforcement arrested Snay on Monday, July 12.

Co-defendant William Cordor, 26, of Leicester, faces an indictment handed down in April 2021, charging him with ne count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft.

The indictment claims that between June 2020 and October 2020, Cordor and Snay conspired with others to file fraudulent claims for unemployment assistance in multiple states, including Nevada. The claims used stolen identities and transferred the payments into prepaid debit card accounts.

On August 18, 2020, Cordor encountered police in connection with a domestic violence incident and found in possession of approximately 21 prepaid debit cards in approximately 13 different names. In addition, evidence related to this scheme was allegedly found on Cordor’s computer and cell phone.

Cordor also allegedly engaged with others in a second wire fraud scheme that involved using stolen identities to apply for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster loans from the SBA and similarly deposited the loans into prepaid debit card accounts.

Cordor allegedly admitted in May 2020 to federal agents in May 2020 that he had fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  That same day, he agreed to surrender to federal authorities the balance of $79,000 in his bank account that were proceeds of his unemployment fraud scheme in Massachusetts. This occurred before Cordor is alleged to have filed the fraudulent unemployment claim with Nevada in July 2020.

The charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

The charge of aggravated identity theft provides for a mandatory sentence of two years in prison.

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