Authorities in Madison, Wisconsin, have issued a $150,000 warrant for the arrest of a Facebook employee for allegedly using fake social media accounts to hide money laundering, police said Wednesday.
According to the warrant, William Dickson-Smith, 27, of Madison, allegedly made fake Facebook profiles with the fake names of former police officers in the Madison Police Department.
He then used the Facebook profiles to transfer money from his account to his wife’s account through a third party, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.
The money was then sent to a separate bank account controlled by the woman, authorities said.
Dickson- Smith is charged with one count of money laundering.
He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 17.
The Madison Police Chief, Scott Wozniak, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the investigation into the fake accounts has resulted in multiple arrests.
“We have arrested a Facebook Employee who has allegedly violated multiple social media guidelines,” Woznecke said.
“We will be releasing further information once we have obtained additional information.”
Dickson was placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest, the statement said.
According of the police department, Facebook suspended the accounts and told users not to use them, but allowed people to make new accounts after the accounts were temporarily suspended.