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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Baton Rouge man accused of wire fraud has been indicted by a grand jury on Friday.
According to the indictment, Michael D. Hopwood, Jr., 39, was indicted on four counts of wire fraud. Hopwood was tasked with assisting with the financial matters of a disabled relative. After receiving the victim’s personal information to set up automatic payments, Hopwood made unauthorized purchases, transfers, and withdrawals from the victim’s account. The crime took place between Nov. 2019 through Feb. 2020 and totaled over $300,000.
Hopwood appeared for his arraignment and pled not guilty to the charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.