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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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HUGHES SPRINGS MAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR MAIL FRAUD

            MARSHALL, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that a 34-year-old Hughes Springs, Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for his part in a mail fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            TRAVIS GERARD WILLIAMS pleaded guilty on Sep. 22, 2009, to mail fraud and was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge T. John Ward.  Williams was also ordered to pay $5,176.00 in restitution.

            According to information presented in court, Williams was involved in a scheme to defraud and obtain money, specifically unemployment insurance benefits, from the Texas Workforce Commission in the Camp County area by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses and representations.  The defendant admitted to filing a claim for unemployment benefits using a fictitious last employer's name and address, and false dates of employment and termination.  As a result, the defendant received unemployment benefits to which he was not entitled.  Texas' unemployment insurance program is administered on behalf of the federal government by state workforce agencies in each state, including the Texas Workforce Commission. 

            A federal indictment was returned by the grand jury on May 6, 2009, charging 12 individuals with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. 

            This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

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