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Credit Union Catches Criminal

Jerry Johnson, 54, of Webster City, Iowa, was sentenced to federal prison for using his credit union bank account to obtain unemployment insurance money he did not qualify for. (He had this great idea to scam as many states as possible since their unemployment...

‘Till Prison Cells Do Us Part Arthur Pacheco, 47, of Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to wire fraud after fraudulently applying for and receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) with the help of his wife, Tiffany. Tiffany was employed with the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment (DUA) where she...

For Better or For Worse, but Mostly Worse

Farren Ricketts, 30, of Lee County, Va., pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft for carrying out a pandemic-related unemployment fraud scheme. According to court documents, Ricketts conspired with others to file claims for pandemic-related unemployment benefits. Apparently, Ricketts filed claims for individuals...

Back to the Big House

Neither snow nor sleet nor rain nor incarceration can keep some dedicated scammers from launching a fraud. Inmate Sholanda Thomas and parolee Christina Smith were indicted for allegedly cooking up a scheme to take advantage of the COVID-19 boost in unemployment benefits at the...

If You Can’t Fake It, Steal It

The better law enforcement and government agencies get at preventing scams, the more devious and inventive the crooks become. (A twisted variant on “no good deed goes unpunished.”) So it was that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) found that their successful...

From Stealing Inmate Identity to Inmate  

Paris Thomas, 33, of San Bernardino, Calif., has been charged for collecting $477,000 in unemployment benefits on behalf of California prison inmates. Thomas filed claims on their behalf, stating the prisoners were unemployed due to the pandemic. (Keep in mind that prison inmates are unemployed and serving time because...

Scheming on the Outside Leads to Being on the Inside

A woman from Glen Allen, Va., recently pleaded guilty to mail fraud after working to obtain unemployment benefits for prison inmates. Virginia Smith, 37, was the ringleader in a scheme to obtain pandemic-related unemployment benefits for 22 individuals behind bars. Smith and an inmate at...

It Wasn’t Me

A man from Southwest Virginia has pleaded guilty to taking part in a pandemic unemployment benefits scheme that defrauded the government of more than $182,474. Travis Kilgore of Wise waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Thursday to a two-count Information charging...

Tri-State Flim-Flam King  

There’s nothing unusual about some greedy scammer fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits, but it takes extra chutzpah to run the scam across several states. Alvin Lavon Rex (uh—King of thieves?) of Iowa admitted in a plea agreement that he opened multiple bank accounts in May...

More Frog Than Prince

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington’s Employment Security Department lost hundreds of millions of dollars to fraud as schemers rushed to fraudulently claim unemployment benefits that included an inviting federal supplement. A big chunk of that fraud appears to come from a Nigerian crime ring....

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