Rensselaer man sentenced in pandemic related fraud

A Rensselaer man who pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving more than $140,000 in unemployment benefits will spend nearly seven years in prison.

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Hector Sanchez, 30, also pleaded guilty to mail fraud in March.

He admitted to obtaining personal information of other people on social media and using the information to submit false unemployment insurance applications to the state labor department.

Sanchez also admitted that he fraudulently obtained a PPP loan by falsely claiming to run a car wash business.