Atlantic City Councilman Charged with Voter Fraud and Unemployment Benefits Scam

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – MD Hossain Morshed, a 49-year-old councilman elected to Atlantic City’s Fourth Ward, faces charges of falsifying voter registrations, making false statements to the FBI, and submitting false unemployment benefits claims. U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced the charges on Friday.

Morshed is accused of providing a prospective voter with a pre-filled New Jersey voter registration application that falsely claimed the individual lived in the Fourth Ward of Atlantic City. He urged the voter to sign the application, later providing a vote-by-mail application with the same false address.

Morshed also defrauded the NJDOL of $39,208 in unemployment benefits between April 2020 and September 2021 while receiving compensation as an Atlantic City Councilperson and additional income as a driver.

The false voter registration and false statements counts carry a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The wire fraud count carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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