• Two Sentenced to State Prison for Welfare Fraud


    A man and woman who obtained more than $20,000 in unemployment benefits for incarcerated gang members – including one awaiting trial for murder – were sentenced to state prison on Tuesday.

    Deputy District Attorney Michael Enomoto said Norwalk Superior Court Judge Robert Higa sentenced each to five years in prison and ordered the defendants to pay full restitution of $22,087 plus interest to the state agency from which the funds were pilfered, the California Employment Development Dept.

    Juan Leonard Garcia, 48, of Pico Rivera and Sandra Muro Jaimez, 46, of Downey, each pleaded guilty to making false unemployment insurance claims. Garcia also pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary while Jaimez pleaded guilty to one count each of possession for sale of methamphetamine and felony child abuse.

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    Added: April 3, 2013. 8:56 AM

    I’m glad these guys were punished for fraud. However, please be aware that unemployment is not welfare. Employers pay a special tax to cover previously employed folks who are now not working.

     
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