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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Williamsport Man Sentenced For Wire Fraud

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on August 2, 2021, Benjamin Butler, age 33, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann to one day of imprisonment followed by two- years of supervised release, including four-months of home confinement, for wire fraud. Butler was also ordered to pay $18,850 in restitution.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Butler engaged in a kiting scheme in September and October of 2015, whereby he used multiple credit accounts to fraudulently pay off $18,850 of credit card charges by using the temporary credit on one card to pay off another account even though he did not have the funds to ultimately cover such a payment. 

The charges stem from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.  Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur prosecuted the case.

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated August 4, 2021