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City man pleads guilty in federal court to wire fraud

A Williamsport man allegedly used multiple credit accounts to fraudulently pay off $18,850 in credit card charges, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Benjamin Butler, 33, allegedly used the temporary credit on one card to pay off another account even though he did not have the funds to cover such a payment, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The charges stem from an investigation by the FBI and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General.

Butler pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur is prosecuting the case.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the court after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and federal sentencing guidelines.

Butler is facing a maximum of 30 years of incarceration and a $250,000 fine, according to acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler.

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