A discarded envelope containing EDD accusation sits successful Irvine, Calif., connected April 21, 2021. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)
A Santa Ana antheral was charged Oct. 5 successful a national tribunal with defrauding California’s COVID unemployment security programme by utilizing idiosyncratic accusation stolen from radical with akin names to use for $1.25 cardinal successful benefits.
Nhan Hoang Pham, 36, of Santa Ana, was charged with message fraud, ligament fraud, and individuality theft connected to government-issued exigency COVID-19 funds.
Pham is presently successful authorities custody connected unrelated charges that were not specified, according to the Justice Department. He is expected to beryllium arraigned pursuing his merchandise aboriginal this month.
The indictment alleges Pham, from July 2020 done April 2021, submitted fraudulent applications for unemployment security aft acquiring idiosyncratic information—such arsenic dates of commencement and Social Security numbers—from individuals with identical oregon akin names who lived successful California, Texas, and Michigan.
He allegedly submitted implicit 20 fraudulent applications to the Employment Development Department (EDD), which administers unemployment security benefits for residents of California, including benefits to individuals who were unemployed owed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He allegedly directed that unemployment payment cards issued by Bank of America connected behalf of the EDD beryllium sent to message drops helium controlled successful Anaheim, according to the indictment, alleging Pham and co-schemers utilized the cards to retreat currency from ATMs crossed Orange County.
If convicted, Pham would look a maximum of 30 years successful national prison. Additionally, the individuality theft charges transportation a mandatory two-year sentence.