A prison inmate and three accomplices have been indicted for defrauding California’s unemployment department out of one-point-two million dollars.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento is pursuing 16 criminal counts against Ray Hawkins, who was an inmate at a California state prison in Tracy.
According to the indictment, Hawkins collected Social Security numbers from other inmates at that prison, then used their identities to file fraudulent claims from his jail cell to the state’s Employment Development Department.
Prosecutors have also filed charges against Jacqueline Marquez of Las Vegas, Alyssa Jones and Ebony Jones, both of Barstow, accusing them of mail fraud.
The EDD was unable to recognize the fraud until it had already paid out the benefits.
Studio shot of a male burglar with a mask on his head running with a briefcase full of money isolated on white background.
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