Prosecutors: NJ man stole $150K in unemployment benefits, bragged about it online
Willie Carter, a 22-year-old from Bellmawr, stole at least $150,000 in unemployment benefits and then bragged about it on social media, prosecutors say.
The U.S. attorney's office says Carter applied online for unemployment 34 times in 10 states including New Jersey, Texas, Colorado, California, and others.
Carter applied online for unemployment between June 2020 and November 2020 using various names, officials said. After receiving payments, Carter transferred money into two bank accounts in his name, according to federal prosecutors.
Once investigators tracked the IP address for the applications, they found Carter's Instagram page, authorities said. The page contained photos of stacks of cash as well as pictures and messages about unemployment, according to court documents.