N.J man admits stealing $700K through unemployment fraud, romance and business scams

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.

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