EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – An Eau Claire man is charged in federal court with a fraud scheme totaling more than half a million dollars. 43-year-old Robert Carter is charged with 17 counts of wire fraud, two counts of identity theft, and six counts of money laundering.

He’s accused of defrauding financial institutions and other businesses from 2016 to 2021. The indictment alleges Carter got credit cards and loans from financial institutions by providing false information and using the identity of another person.

He’s also accused of applying for loans without the knowledge of business owners. It’s estimated Carter’s alleged fraud scheme totaled more than 511- thousand dollars.