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Schaller Man Charged With Mail Fraud

July 30, 2020 7:22pm

A Schaller man has been charged with one count of mail fraud in a COVID-19 related scheme.

The criminal complaint alleges that around the month of May, 61-year-old Alvin Rex received approximately 19-thousand dollars in deposits in his account at a bank in Storm Lake. The deposits were moneys received from unemployment claims made in Massachusetts and Arizona.

The complaint further alleges that Rex then made a series of cash withdrawals from his account and mailed the cash to at least one other person in Maryland.

Rex allegedly received unemployment funds in the names of other individuals in Massachusetts and Arizona, which included Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Benefits of an additional six-hundred dollars per week.

If convicted, Rex faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a 250-thousand dollar fine, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

Rex appeared in federal court in Sioux City on Thursday, and was released on bond pending further proceedings.