A Shelby man will spend more than six years in federal prison and must repay $284,831 after authorities say he and another man filed multiple false unemployment insurance claims.
Jeffrey Glenn, 41, pleaded guilty last August to multiple charges, including wire fraud, theft of public money and identity theft. He was sentenced Tuesday to 75 months in prison.
Glenn and another man, Reggie Lee Wimbush, were arrested last year after authorities say the pair filed numerous false unemployment claims tied to 15 fictitious companies between May 2009 and July 2011. The claims were filed on behalf of 23 people, most of them victims of identity theft, authorities said.
Prosecutors said Glenn and Wimbush spent the money generated by the false claims by using debit cards that are sent to people who receive unemployment benefits from the state. A judge ordered Glenn to pay more than $280,000 in restitution to the N.C. Department of Commerces Division of Employment Security.
Wimbush pleaded guilty to the fraud charges in December 2011, and was sentenced in October to 57 months in prison.