Florida Man Gets 24 Months for PUA Benefits Fraud

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SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jorice Williams Dennard, age 25, of Tampa, Florida, was sentenced on July 26, 2022, by United States District Judge Robert D. Mariani to 24 months and 1 day of imprisonment to be followed by a 2-year term of supervised release for the offenses of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Dennard submitted a false application to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry for Pennsylvania Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits using the personal identification information, including name, birth date, and social security number, of another person. Dennard then traveled to Jim Thorpe, PA, in an effort to obtain a package addressed to his identity theft victim that contained a debit card in the victim’s name with a balance of over $14,000 in PUA funds. Dennard was arrested at the Jim Thorpe Post Office.

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This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffery St John.

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