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Pontotoc man sentenced for possession of fraudulent unemployment benefit cards

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A Pontotoc man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison following his conviction for possession of fraudulent unemployment benefit cards.

According to court documents, on September 2, 2020, 28-year-old Deonte Dilworth was found in possession of approximately 26 unemployment benefit debit cards from Nevada and Arizona that had been fraudulently obtained.

Dilworth, who pled guilty to possession of the fraudulent debit cards, was sentenced to 51 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Dilworth was also ordered to pay $202,711.39 in restitution.

He was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals immediately after the hearing concluded to begin serving his sentence.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Mims.

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