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Virginia Beach man pleads guilty to wire fraud

A Virginia Beach man has pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud and fraudulently collecting federal unemployment benefits.
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Published: Oct. 10, 2020 at 8:52 PM EDT
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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Beach man has pleaded guilty in federal court to wire fraud and fraudulently collecting federal unemployment benefits.

Ronald A. Smith faces a maximum term of 60 years in prison. Smith left prison in 2012 after serving seven years for an internet-based loan scam that he and his wife used to net millions.

Court records say the former accountant created a new business similar to the one that landed him in prison. This time his business partner was his new wife.

Smith and his wife, Terri Beth Miller, were arrested in August. They were charged with conducting a scam investigators said collected almost $1.3 million.

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