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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Unemployment Benefit Fraud Scheme Two Convicts

SAN DIEGO – A man and a woman who took part in a scheme to fraudulently obtain unemployment benefits using prison inmates’ personal information have pleaded guilty to making false statements in an unemployment application.

About six months after the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office (DA) announced the charges against them, Ryan Cubista and Mireichel Marquez, both of them, applied at the age of 340.

Kubista and Marquez are expected to be sentenced to state prison next month. Co2-year-old co-defendant Stacey Wright has been indicted for next month’s preliminary hearing.

After applying for benefits fraudulently, the trio had Employment Development Department (EDD) benefits and EDD Bank of America debit cards were sent to their homes or PO boxes in Escondido, Carlsbad and Vista, the DA office said. The DA’s office said the defendants received at least অর্থ 1.3 million in illicit money to use at least one detainee’s identity to apply for benefits.

The lawsuit alleges that prison inmates across California and others accused the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic of defrauding the state unemployment benefit system.

Locally, the San Diego County DA office announced in January that nine defendants have been charged with conspiracy, mass theft and making false statements to benefit unemployment through a scheme that has defrauded those defendants of more than ,000 160,000 in unemployment benefits.

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All nine convicts were inmates scheduled for the male community rentry program, which allows some inmates to serve the last months of their sentences in half the cells. According to the DA’s office, the men lied on the EDD application form and violated state prison rules about applying for public assistance, which was used to buy everything from luxury items to restaurants to food supplies, according to the DA’s office.

Federal prosecutors in San Diego have accused former EDD contract employee Nika Gomez of conspiring with her captive boyfriend to file fraudulent epidemic unemployment insurance claims for California inmates and out-of-state residents whose identification information has been stolen.

Gomez pleaded guilty to fraud and even greater identity theft earlier this year and is due to be sentenced in December.



This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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