Thursday, May 25, 2023

Charleston Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud, Defrauds Non-Profit of Over $870K

Benjamin Cisco, a resident of Charleston, West Virginia, has pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud. Cisco, who worked as a finance and operations manager for a charitable non-profit organization, admitted to defrauding the organization of $871,288.34. His scheme involved transferring funds from the organization's debit cards to his personal bank account through a crowdfunding platform, disguising the transactions as donations. Cisco also admitted to misappropriating additional funds through unauthorized travel reimbursements and gift card purchases. He faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, supervised release, and a substantial fine. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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