Cuero man convicted in federal court of mail fraud

Aug. 2, 2011 at 3:02 a.m.

A Cuero man was convicted in federal court of mail fraud on Monday.

The charges against Frederick Dwayne Mims, 46, stemmed from a scheme to defraud the Unemployment Insurance Program, according to a U. S. Attorney's Office news release.

During a pre-trial conference before Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey, in Victoria, Mims admitted to filing numerous fraudulent unemployment insurance claims naming fictitious employers to obtain unemployment insurance benefits.

As a result of these claims, 14 checks and five Chase debit cards were sent through the mail to addresses controlled by Mims between April 2006 and May 2011, according to the news release.

About $25,317 in unemployment insurance benefits were paid to Mims as a result of three fake claims.

Mims faces up to 20 years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.

As part of his plea agreement, Mims will be required to pay restitution of $25,317.

Mims' sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 7. He will remain in federal jail until the hearing.

The investigation leading to the charges against Mims began in July 2010 and was conducted by the U. S. Department of Labor, the U. S. Postal Inspection Service and the Texas Workforce Commission.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. prosecuted the case.



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