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California inmates ran $1.4M COVID-19 unemployment benefits fraud from prison, feds say

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A grand jury has indicted three California residents in connection with what the Department of Justice said was a scheme aimed at stealing $1.4 million in fraudulent unemployment benefits from taxpayers. But two of the suspects were already behind bars, allegedly running the scam from jail.

Federal officials said inmates Daryol Richmond, 30, and Telvin Breaux, 29, worked from their respective correctional facilities at Kern Valley State Prison and California Correctional Institute in coordination with Los Angeles resident Holly White to submit false unemployment claims under the names of other inmates. All three have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The supposedly unemployed inmates were actually working as clothing merchants, handymen and other jobs, and were…

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