Crime

May 28, 2014

Belleville man pleads guilty to fraud; faces prison time, $750K fine

A Belleville man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of wire fraud.

Brian J. Fields, 52, will face up to 20 years in federal prison on each count and pay a fine of up to $750,000 and up to three years of supervised release.

Fields admitted that he assisted a person from Nigeria in defrauding United States citizens by sending counterfeit checks and money orders to individuals in several schemes. Agents were able to identify more than 70 victims who had lost over $100,000.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 12.

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