Unemployment is at the highest rate the U.S. has eve seen, and somehow people still find a way to trick the system. Like these 21 people who were a part of a scam to get over $250,000 in unemployment benefits using inmates information.
In California, the sheriff’s office, in collaboration with the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, discovered that 30 inmates’ personal information had been used to file fraudulent unemployment claims to obtain more that a quarter of a million dollars.
The investigation began after a law enforcement officer that worked in the San Mateo County’s Maguire Correctional Facility “overhead inmates conversing about these fraudulent claims.” So far, police have found more than $250,000 in illegitimate payments and have recovered $150,000 in cash.
A combination of inmates within the facility and people on the outside have been charged for their involvement in the scheme.