BALTIMORE (AP) — A Perry Hall man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft in a scheme to steal checks for pay and benefits from the city of Baltimore.

Thirty-three-year-old Robert Johnson entered the plea Monday in federal court in Baltimore. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison at sentencing on Jan. 16.

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According to his guilty plea agreement, Johnson and a conspirator who worked in the city’s finance department used stolen personal information to steal employee benefit payouts.

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Prosecutors say after city officials became aware of suspicious transactions, Johnson’s conspirator was assigned to conduct the investigation and notified Johnson.

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