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Iowa man will spend 9 months in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining federal pandemic unemployment benefits

IOWA – According to the court documents, his name is Brian Whorton and he pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

Prosecutors say the 55-year-old man fraudulently received more than $13,000 in pandemic unemployment funds from Arizona.

The defendant withdrew some of the funds in cash for his own use and used a Bitcoin ATM to send funds to others involved in the scheme.

Whorton was also ordered to pay the unemployment money back.

This story will be updated as new information become available.

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