Sacramento Police: Evidence of unemployment fraud discovered during gang enforcement operation
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Sacramento Police have reportedly discovered evidence of unemployment insurance fraud during a recent gang enforcement operation.
On January 14th, the Sacramento Police Department’s North Gang Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at an apartment in Quay Court, leading to the discovery of several illegal assault weapons with extended magazines, handguns, and just over $1,000 in cash, police said.
As they searched the apartment, officers also reportedly discovered fifteen Employment Development Department cards with various names on them, along with a notebook containing a list of information on fifty-five various EDD recipients — names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, usernames, and passwords associated with their EDD accounts.
Investigators reviewed the accounts and determined that the residents of the apartment, identified as James Smith (25) and Chyna Hill (21), appeared to have fraudulently obtained over $550,000 in unemployment funds.
On February 19, police formally arrested the couple on suspicion of possession of assault weapons, unemployment insurance fraud, possession of stolen property, and possession of identifying information with intent to defraud ten or more persons.
Smith also faces additional charges of possession of firearms as a felon and possession of ammunition as a felon.