California inmate, 3 others convicted in $25 MILLION Covid relief fund fraud

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Four people from California , including one inmate, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft for their roles in a scheme that defrauded the California Employment Development Department (EDD) out of nearly $25 million in Covid-19 relief funds.

The quartet amassed the fortune by using the personal identifying information of countless people to submit fraudulent unemployment insurance claims during the pandemic.

According to the Department of Justice , the ringleader of the scheme was Telvin Breaux, a 32-year-old inmate at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi. He ran the operation from his cell. His accomplices, Fantasia Brown, 35, Shanice White, 29, and Holly White, 29, were all based in the Los Angeles area.

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