A 31-year-old New Jersey man admitted he took part in at least three type of scams — unemployment fraud, business email and romance — to steal more than $700,000.
Jefferson Robert, of Newark, faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Feb. 15, 2022 after Monday pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey said in a statement. His co-conspirators have not been named.
Robert set the stage for the fraud on Aug. 6, 2019 when he opened a bank account in the name of “Johny Eto” using a fake United Kingdom passport, according to federal prosecutors. He also used the fraudulent UK passport to open accounts at three other banks.
As he stole the money, Robert used a debit card linked to them to buy at least 57 money orders totaling about $52,000 to move the funds, officials said. The “from” information on most of the money orders listed Roberts’ name and the Newark address on his driver’s license,…