Former NJ USPS mail carrier pleads guilty to unemployment insurance scam

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NEWARK, N.J. (1010 WINS) — A former New Jersey postal worker pleaded guilty Monday to fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits, U.S. District Attorney Phillip R. Sellinger announced.

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The Newark man, 29-year-old Khaori Moore, and others started the scheme at the height of the pandemic following the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Under the CARES Act, unemployment benefits were expanded and recipients were allotted an extra $600 a week in benefits.

Moore was working as a mail carrier when he and his co-conspirators stole credit and debit cards that had unemployment payments on them from a location in New Jersey. Monroe and the others activated the cards and used them to steal over $40,000, officials said.

Moore faces up to 20 years in prison on wire fraud charges as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14.