California woman pleads guilty to unemployment benefit fraud | USAO-NV
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – A Santa Clarita woman pleaded guilty today to her role in a conspiracy to use the personal information of other people – without their consent – to illegally claim and obtain over $ 250,000 in unemployment insurance benefits. California Employment Development Department (EDD).
According to court documents and confessions made in court, around May 2020, Brittany Danielle Griesel, 38, and her co-conspirators submitted fraudulent UI claims to EDD using personal credentials other people. In total, EDD has approved more than $ 250,000 in benefits for these fraudulent claims, which Griesel and his co-conspirators have spent on goods and services. During a traffic stop in Las Vegas on August 8, 2020, law enforcement discovered that Griesel was in possession of $ 45,464 in fraudulent products obtained as part of the conspiracy.
Griesel pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to carry out illegal transactions with access devices and one count of aggravated identity theft. US District Judge Richard F Boulware II has set the sentence for November 9, 2021. Griesel faces a legal maximum sentence of nine and a half years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000.
Acting United States Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Quentin Heiden of the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Labor (DOL-OIG), Los Angeles area, made the announcement.
This matter was investigated by the DOL-OIG. US Assistant Prosecutor Jim Fang is pursuing the case.
In May, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Enforcement Task Force to mobilize resources from the Department of Justice in partnership with government agencies to strengthen efforts to combat and prevent fraud related to the pandemic. The Working Group strengthens efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable national and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programs to prevent fraud, among other methods, by scaling up and integrating mechanisms coordination, identifying resources and techniques for uncovering fraudulent actors and their programs, and sharing and leveraging information and knowledge gained from previous enforcement efforts. For more information on the department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.
Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Disaster Fraud Enforcement Center hotline at 866-720- 5721 or via the NCDF online complaint form at: https: //www.justice. gov / disaster-fraud / ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.