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EDD Actively Prosecutes Fraud

The Employment Development Department (EDD) administers the Unemployment Insurance (UI), Disability Insurance (DI), the Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, and Employment Tax programs for the State of California. To support these programs and the payment of benefits, the EDD is responsible for collecting the associated employment payroll taxes.

At the EDD, we are dedicated to detecting, deterring, and preventing any occurrence of fraud in these programs. We use a variety of electronic monitoring, data-matching, and cutting edge technology measures to detect fraudulent activity. Cases involving the fraudulent receipt of benefit payments or evasion of payroll tax reporting obligations are actively pursued and those responsible are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The EDD provides fraud deterrence outreach and education to assist claimants, employers, and their representatives so they can be fully aware of the serious consequences of committing fraud.

For more information on what constitutes fraud and reporting fraud, visit Fraud and Penalties: What You Need to Know or Ask EDD: Report Fraud.

Recent Fraud Convictions

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Here are some recent fraud convictions detected by the EDD and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

May 2017

05/30/17: Claimant Convicted and Sentenced for Felony Disability and Unemployment Insurance Fraud
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Court Case Number: BA452786
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $39,717
  • Claimant: Ahmad “Andy” Atighi
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded no contest and was convicted of one felony count of Section 550(2)(6) of the Penal Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant will be sentenced on 12/01/17 to 100 hours of community service with an order to pay full restitution to the EDD. If the restitution is paid in full and 100 hours of community service is completed by the December court date, the claimant’s felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant failed to report his work and earnings while collecting benefits from two Disability Insurance claims and one Unemployment Insurance claim. 
05/23/17: Multiple Employers Convicted of Felony Employment Tax Evasion
  • County: Contra Costa
  • Court Case Number: 5-162022-8
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $312,799
  • Employer: Chen, Rongdi Zheng, Feng Gu, and Shao Rong Zhang, DBA Golden Dragon Buffet, GDB Investments, G&C Investments, NCBI Investments (New China Buffet), and Zheng Investments
  • Convictions: Yu Chen, Rongdi Zheng, and Feng Gu pleaded no contest to felony charges including: Sections 182, 186.11, and 1199 of the Penal Code, Section 2117.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code, Section 7153.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, and Section 11760 of the Insurance Code. Shao Rong Zhang pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of Section 1102.5(a) of the Labor Code.
  • Sentence: Sentence is scheduled for 06/15/17.
  • Summary of Incident: During December 2016, an indictment was obtained identifying individuals involved in a conspiracy to defraud the state of taxes owed in relation to several businesses owned concurrently and successively by the suspects in four counties. This is a joint case investigated by the Board of Equalization, Department of Industrial Relations, Department of Insurance, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, and the EDD.
05/15/17: Claimant Convicted and Sentenced for Felony Unemployment Insurance Fraud
  • County: Alameda
  • Court Case Number: 16-CR-003116
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $17,900
  • Claimant: Cira Sara Flores Lozano
  • Sentence: The claimant was ordered to serve one day in jail, pay restitution of $17,900, and perform 80 hours of community service based on a 03/27/17 plea of no contest to one felony count of Section 2101 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant failed to report work and earnings while certifying for Unemployment Insurance benefits.
05/12/17: Employer Sentenced to Jail and Ordered to Pay Restitution for Employment Tax Evasion
  • County: Orange
  • Court Case Number: 14CF0900
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $78,230
  • Employer: Grace S. Han, DBA Grace S. Han, Inc.
  • Sentence: A jury trial during January 2017 found the employer guilty of felony violations including Section 2118.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code, Section 242 of the Penal Code, and Section 3700.5 of the Labor Code. The employer was ordered to pay restitution to the EDD, to serve 30 days in the Orange County jail beginning 07/07/17, perform 50 hours of community service, and 60 months of formal probation.
  • Summary of Incident: The employer failed to report her employees to the EDD and pay taxes. The employer also failed to secure workers’ compensation insurance and committed battery upon a State inspector.
05/10/17: Claimant Convicted of Felony Disability Insurance Fraud
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Court Case Number: BA452528
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $2,188
  • Claimants: Alexander Wichman
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded guilty to one felony count of Section 550 (b)(3) of the Penal Code.
  • Sentence: Sentence is scheduled on 06/07/17.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant submitted multiple forged Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave claims from 2007-2016. He was fully employed while collecting benefits and falsified employer addresses to avoid detection by his employers.
05/01/17: Claimant Convicted and Sentenced to Jail for Disability Insurance Fraud
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Court Case Number: NA104576
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $81,285
  • Claimant: Taleana Lee
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded guilty to felony violations of Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code and Sections 118(a), 470(b), 473(a), 487(a), and 530.5(a) of the Penal Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was sentenced to 270 days in the Los Angeles County jail, ordered to pay $81,285 restitution to the EDD, and serve five years of formal probation.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant forged the identity of doctors to authorize claims and failed to report her work and earnings while certifying for Disability Insurance benefits.

April 2017

04/21/17: Federal Subcontractor Sentenced for Employment Tax Evasion
  • County: Sacramento
  • Court Case Number: 16FE002175
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $36,890 (court ordered tax liability to the EDD)
  • Employer: Makram Amirhom Hanna DBA Transamerica Services and Technical Supply, Inc.
  • Summary of Incident: The Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement (TRaCE) Task Force received a request from the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General to conduct a joint criminal investigation against the employer. The United States Postal Service subcontracted the employer to transport mail to and from various post offices in California. The investigation revealed the employer failed to report all of his employees and their wages to the EDD. The investigation identified wages that were not reported to the EDD for the period of 01/01/09 through 09/30/14. 
  • Sentence: Based on a plea entered on 02/14/17, the employer was sentenced to 4 years of formal probation and 18 months of home detention. He was also ordered to pay $36,890.90 in restitution to the EDD, $6,755.72 in restitution to the Franchise Tax Board, and $10,000 to the TRaCE Task Force for the cost of the investigation.
  • Media Release: The Board of Equalization issued a news release:
    https://www.boe.ca.gov/news/2017/Ohiomansconvictionontime.htm
04/20/17 Claimant Convicted and Sentenced for Unemployment Insurance Fraud
  • County: Fresno
  • Court Case Number: F16-905280
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $17,264
  • Claimant: Enid Perez
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded no contest to misdemeanor violation of Section 2117 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service, to serve two years of probation, and to pay a $250 sentencing fine and a $150 probation fine. The claimant paid full restitution of $22,443.20 during sentencing including a 30% administrative penalty.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant was certifying for Unemployment Insurance benefits while working and not reporting income. The claimant is working for Tulare County Superior Courts, California State University - Fresno, and the State Center Community College District in central California.
04/20/17 Claimant Convicted and Sentenced to Prison for Disability Insurance Fraud
  • County: Eastern District
  • Court Case Number: 2:14CR00304-01
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $525,428
  • Claimant: Zeffrey Cain (co-defendant)
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded guilty to felony violation of Section 371, Title 18, of the United States Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was sentenced to 46 months in prison, was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $525,428.99, and to serve three years’ probation.  The claimant is currently serving time in a county facility and will be transferred to a federal prison.
  • Summary of Incident:  This case involved a scheme of co-defendants to defraud EDD of approximately two million dollars. The claimants, Jermila McCoy, Zeffery Cain and Timnesha Wilson conspired to create false doctor and claimant profiles from stolen identities. The profiles were used to file over two hundred claims that were certified with the fraudulent doctor profiles.  A federal indictment was obtained for all three claimants in October of 2014.  All three claimants have now plead and have been sentenced.  This case was a joint effort by the EDD, US Postal Inspection Service, US Marshall Service, and the Modesto, Stockton and Oakland Police Departments.
04/12/17 Claimant Sentenced for Disability Insurance Fraud
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Court Case Number: BA443207
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $ 21,837
  • Claimant: Crystal Jordan
  • Sentence: The claimant previously pleaded to felony violation of Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code on 08/25/16. The plea was amended to one misdemeanor count for which the claimant was sentenced to three years of summary probation, ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, and to make restitution to the EDD in the amount of $21,827.71. The claimant has paid $11,000 in restitution thus far and was given one day custody credit. 
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant failed to report her work and earnings while certifying for Disability Insurance benefits.

March 2017

03/31/17: Claimant Convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Unemployment Insurance Fraud
  • County: Sacramento
  • Court Case Number: cr00133GEB
  • Amount Due to the EDD: Total loss is $2.5 million pending verification regarding the portion for which the claimant is responsible among other defendants.
  • Claimant: Kyn Naope
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded guilty to Title 18, Section 371, of the United States Code.
  • Sentence: Sentence is scheduled for 06/16/17.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant and others were involved in a fictitious employer scheme to defraud the EDD. The scheme was accomplished by obtaining the personal information of friends and associates as a basis for filing Unemployment Insurance claims. Approximately 350 claims were filed and the loss was calculated at approximately $3.4 million dollars. This case was secondary to a larger case in which all suspects were previously convicted. This case was a collaboration between the EDD and the United States Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General.       
  • Media Releases: Details of the conviction were described in press and media releases from the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District, and the Central Valley Business Times.

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/guilty-plea-scheme-defraud-state-california-25-million
    http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=32372
03/28/17: Claimant Convicted and Sentenced to Jail for Unemployment Insurance Fraud
  • County: Ventura
  • Case 2016020304
  • Restitution ordered: $45,000
  • Defendant: Richard Dubuke
  • Conviction: The defendant pleaded guilty to misdemeanor violation of Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code and was ordered to pay $45,000 in restitution to the EDD, to serve 180 days Ventura County jail beginning 09/28/2017, and 60 months of summary probation.
  • Summary of Incident: The defendant falsified employer records and fraudulently collected California Unemployment Insurance benefits using the Social Security numbers of his two sons.
03/27/17: Restitution Hearing for Previous Conviction of Employment Tax Fraud
  • County: Sacramento
  • Court Case Number: 5F06529
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $64,082
  • Employer: Fumeei Nikko Wu DBA The Old Brewery, LLC
  • Restitution Hearing: On 03/08/17 a restitution hearing was held at the Sacramento County Superior Court. The judge issued a ruling ordering Fumeei Nikko Wu to pay restitution to the EDD in the amount of $46,255 plus the cost of investigation in the amount of $17,827.
  • Summary of Incident: The Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement (TRaCE) Task Force received a request for assistance from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) regarding the employer who was in violation of ABC license conditions. Investigation revealed the employer failed to report all of her employees and their wages to the EDD. The audit determined that wages were not reported to the EDD for the period between 07/01/11 through 09/30/14. On 07/28/16 Fumeei Nikko Wu pleaded no contest to five felony counts, one each, of Sections 2101.5, 2106, 2108, 2117.5 and 2118.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code. The remaining counts were dismissed with a Harvey Waiver. On 10/20/16, Fumeei Nikko Wu was sentenced to five years of formal probation and 37 days in county jail.   
03/27/17: Claimant Convicted of Felony Unemployment Insurance Fraud
  • County: Alameda
  • Court Case Number: 16-CR-003116
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $17,900
  • Claimant: Cira Sara Flores Lozano
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded guilty to one felony count of Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: Sentencing is scheduled on 05/15/17 during which a diversion order for payment of restitution and 20 hours of community service is expected.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant was employed and failed to report her work and earnings to the EDD while collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits.
03/24/17: Employer Convicted for Tax Evasion and Insurance Fraud
  • County: Sacramento
  • Court Case Number: 13F01859
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $77,242
  • Employer: Richard Young DBA Freeman and Young Construction, Inc.
  • Conviction: The employer, Richard Young, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of Section 1880(a) of the Insurance Code and two felony counts of Section 2117.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code. Young has the option to reduce his felonies to misdemeanors if restitution is paid. Young is a co-defendant.  His business partner, James Freeman, previously pled to the same violations on 03/23/16. Freeman also has the option to reduce his felonies to misdemeanors and reduce his time to 90 days, if restitution is paid.
  • Sentence: A hearing is scheduled on 05/19/17 for judgment and sentencing of Young and Freeman. The employers are expected to be formerly ordered to pay $77,242 restitution jointly and severally to the EDD.
  • Summary of Incident: The employer failed to report their full payroll to the EDD and to Workers’ Compensation Insurance. The employer also failed to withhold and/or pay taxes for the unreported payroll. 
03/24/17: Claimants Convicted for False Declarations to a Federal Grand Jury Related to Unemployment and Disability Insurance Fraud
  • County: Federal court, Sacramento
  • Court Case Number: 2:14-CR-0169 GEB
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $77,242
  • Claimants: Jasvir Kaur & Harjit Johal
  • Conviction: Title 18, Section 1623, of the United States Code
  • Sentence: Sentence is scheduled on 06/16/17.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimants were found guilty in trial of making false declarations before a grand jury. During 2014, the claimants were subpoenaed to testify regarding a fraud scheme pertaining to Ray Khan Farm Labor Contracting. During their testimony, when questioned about their wages, the claimants falsely stated under oath that they picked peaches for Ray Khan and that they did not commit fraud. The claimants participated in a series of Unemployment and Disability Insurance fraud schemes in Yuba City.
  • Media Release: The United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District issued a press release.

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/sutter-county-women-found-guilty-making-false-statements-grand-jury)
03/22/17: Claimant Convicted and Sentenced for Unemployment Insurance Fraud
  • County: San Diego
  • Court Case Number: SCN340334-02
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $11,115
  • Claimant: Pedro Rodriguez
  • Conviction: The claimant was found guilty in trial of felony counts of Sections 470(b), 166(a)(4), 182(a)(1), 182(a)(5) of the Penal Code, and Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was ordered to pay $11,115 in restitution to the EDD and to serve 18 years state prison based on violations including those unrelated to EDD.
  • Summary of Incident: This was a joint investigation between the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and the EDD. The claimant was incarcerated and failed to report his incarceration to the EDD while collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits.

February 2017

02/27/17: Employer Convicted for Tax Evasion and Withholding Wage Payments to Employees
  • County: Tulare County
  • Court Case Number: 12-002371
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $76,026
  • Employer: Jorge M. Perez DBA Golden Brothers Contracting (one employer among several other businesses associated with this case under ongoing investigation).
  • Conviction: The employer pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of Section 2117.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: Sentencing will be scheduled at a future date.
  • Summary of Incident: The employer operated a farm labor contracting business with a partner.  The employer was issuing payroll checks and allowing the checks to clear the bank and then voiding the checks in his computer accounting system. Voiding of the checks removed all the payments to the individuals from appearing on payroll reports created by the accounting system. The employer then created a payroll journal omitting the voided checks and the remaining balance was reported as the true payroll of the business. The amount of the unreported wages to the EDD was $1,675,633 for the period of 10/01/10 through 06/30/11.
02/17/17: Employer Convicted, Sentenced to Jail, and Ordered to Pay Restitution for Tax Evasion and Insurance Fraud
  • County: Kings County
  • Court Case Number: 16CM-2386
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $61,358
  • Employer: Flavio Martins DBA Top Line Dairy
  • Conviction: The defendant pleaded guilty to all felony charges as follows: one count of Section 11760(a) and two counts of Section 11880(a) of the Insurance Code. All other counts were dismissed with a Harvey Waiver including the EDD charges. (A Harvey waiver allows the court to consider dismissed charges during sentencing in a criminal case.)
  • Sentence: Five years formal probation with the following conditions: 120 days in jail with credit for one day, fines including a $10,000 State Restitution fine, and restitution paid to the EDD $61,357 (check received). The employer also paid amounts owed to the State Compensation Insurance Fund and insurance carrier prior to sentencing.
  • Summary of Incident: The employer failed to accurately report employee wages to their insurance carrier, State Compensation Insurance Fund, and the EDD, and failed to remit payroll tax withholdings and deductions from their employees’ wages. The employer also failed to initially register with the EDD when becoming an employer; instead reporting 11 quarters to the EDD subsequent to that period.
02/15/17: Employer Convicted of Felony Charges and Jailed for Tax Evasion and Insurance Fraud
  • County: Santa Barbara
  • Court Case Number: 1472724
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $167,676
  • Employer: Alberto Rodriguez DBA United Seal Coating and Slurry Seal
  • Conviction: On 07/20/16 the employer pleaded guilty to one felony count each of Section 2117.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code, Section 1871.4(a)(1) of the Insurance Code, Section 19705(a)(1) of the Revenue and Taxation Code, and one misdemeanor count of Section 1779 of the Labor Code.
  • Sentence: The employer was sentenced to 364 days in jail and ordered to serve three years of probation and to pay restitution to the EDD, Franchise Tax Board, State Compensation Insurance Fund and their insurance carrier.
  • Summary of Incident: The employer failed to withhold and remit payroll tax withholdings and deductions from their employees’ wages and failed to accurately report employee wages to the EDD, State Compensation Insurance Fund, and the insurance carrier.
02/14/17: Subcontractor to Federal Government Convicted for Tax Evasion
  • County: Sacramento
  • Court Case Number: 16FE002175
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $50,237
  • Employer: Makram Amirhom Hanna DBA Transamerica Services & Technical Supply Inc.
  • Conviction: The employer pleaded no contest to one felony count of Section 2101.5 of the Unemployment Insurance Code and one felony count of Section 19706 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. The employer agreed to pay the following prior to sentencing: $10,000 in investigative costs, approximately $6,800 in restitution to the Franchise Tax Board, and approximately $38,000 in restitution to the EDD.
  • Sentence: Sentence is scheduled for 04/21/17.
  • Summary of Incident: The allegation came from the Office of Inspector General, United States Postal Service (USPS) who requested assistance from the Board of Equalization Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement (TRaCE) Task Force, for criminal investigation. The initial allegation indicated the employer was subcontracted by the USPS to transport mail to and from various post offices in California. He employed approximately 10 to 15 individuals whom he was misclassifying as corporate officers, failing to pay prevailing wages as required by the contract, and failing to secure workers’ compensation insurance. Investigation revealed the employer failed to report all of his employees and their wages to the EDD. An EDD audit uncovered $905,982 in wages that were not reported to the EDD from 01/01/09 through 09/30/14.
02/10/17: Claimant Sentenced for Submitting Forged Claim Certifications to Claim Disability Insurance Benefits
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Court Case Number: BA400617
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $21,480
  • Claimant: Christopher A. Perez
  • Conviction: The claimant previously pleaded guilty to one felony count of Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The conviction was reduced to a misdemeanor with court ordered restitution of $21,480, 100 hours of community service, and one year of summary probation.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant submitted forged medical documents to obtain State Disability Insurance benefits to which he was not entitled.
02/09/17: Claimant Convicted, Sentenced to Jail, and Ordered to Pay Restitution for Disability Insurance Fraud
  • County: Sacramento,  Eastern District, federal court
  • Court Case Number: 2:14CR00304-01
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $992,428
  • Claimant: Jermila McCoy
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded guilty to Section 1349, Title 18 of the United States Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was sentenced to 110 months in prison, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $992,428, and three years’ probation. The claimant was ordered to surrender directly to the prison on 06/22/17.
  • Summary of Incident: This case involved a scheme to defraud the EDD of approximately two million dollars. The claimant and two other individuals, conspired to create false doctor and claimant profiles from stolen identities. The profiles were used to file over two hundred claims that were certified based on the fraudulent doctor profiles. A federal indictment was obtained for the claimant and the other defendants in October of 2014. The second defendant was sentenced in December 2016, and the plea and sentencing of the third defendant is still pending. This case was a joint effort by the EDD, US Postal Inspection Service, US Marshall Service, and the Modesto, Stockton, and Oakland Police Departments.
02/07/17: Self-Employed Claimant Convicted for Disability Insurance Fraud
  • County: Kern
  • Court Case Number: BF166171A
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $32,803
  • Claimant: Joram Cortez
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded no contest to one felony count of Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: Sentencing is continued to 8/16/17.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant filed a Disability Insurance claim in 2015 and received benefits for approximately one year while driving a truck. The claimant described symptoms to his physician that could not be verified and thus obtained continued medical certification to being unable to perform his customary work.

January 2017

01/30/17: Claimant Convicted of Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Ordered to Pay Restitution to the EDD
  • County: San Bernardino
  • Court Case Number: FSB1600341
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $5,700
  • Claimant: Stefania I. Conejeros
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded guilty to misdemeanor Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was ordered to pay $5,700 in restitution to the EDD and to serve three years of summary probation.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant was employed and failed to report her work and earnings to the EDD while collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits.
01/27/17: Employer Jailed and Ordered to Pay Restitution for Tax Evasion
  • County: Orange
  • Court Case Number: 12ZF014/12CF3513
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $642,819
  • Employer: Ernesto Eric Enriquez DBA Best Value Roofing Co, Inc.
  • Conviction: The employer pleaded guilty to 66 Felony counts that included ten counts each of Section 2117.5 and 2118.5 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The employer was sentenced to state prison for six years, execution of sentence suspended, was ordered to serve 364 days in County Jail, and was placed on supervised probation for ten years.
  • Summary of Incident: The employer was underreporting employees to the EDD and misclassifying employees to their Workers’ Compensation Insurance carrier.
01/26/17: Claimant Convicted and Ordered to Pay Restitution for Unemployment Insurance Fraud
  • County: Ventura
  • Court Case Number: 2015004181
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $4,732
  • Claimant: Ricardo R. Magana
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded guilty to felony Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was ordered to pay $4,732 in restitution to the EDD and to serve 16 months in custody of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant was in custody in the Ventura County jail while collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits.
01/24/17: Claimant Convicted and Ordered to Pay Restitution for Unemployment Insurance
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Court Case Number: BA446781
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $21,130
  • Claimant: Andrew M. Yoshida
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded guilty to Section 2101 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was ordered to pay $21,130 in restitution to the EDD ($7,000.00 paid and balance remaining of $14,130), was ordered to perform 30 days of community labor, and to serve five years of formal probation.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant was employed and failed to report his work and earnings while collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits.
01/24/17: Employer Ordered To Pay Restitution for Tax Evasion and Workers’ Compensation Fraud
  • County: Alameda
  • Court Case Number: 468126-7
  • Amount Due to the EDD: EDD tax liability to be determined in addition to payments owed to the State Compensation Insurance Fund.
  • Employer: Peter Choy DBA Heng Yuan Engineering
  • Conviction: On 11/30/16, the employer pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of Section 510 of the California Labor Code, Section 2108 of the California Unemployment Insurance Code, and Section 11880 of the California Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The employer was ordered to pay restitution based on a total tax liability to be determined by the EDD in addition to restitution ordered for payment to the State Compensation Insurance Fund. The employer was also ordered to pay $270 in court fines and to serve four years of court probation.
  • Summary of Incident: The employer was not registered with the EDD and did not have workers' compensation insurance.
01/18/17: Claimant Convicted and Sentenced For Disability Insurance Fraud
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Court Case Number: BA445006
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $41,762
  • Claimant: Amanda M. Moreno
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded no contest, to felony counts of Section 2101(a), and Section 2116(b) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was ordered to pay full restitution directly to the EDD, perform 300 hours of community service, credited for three days incarceration, and five years of summary probation.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant was employed while receiving Disability Insurance benefits from five separate claims, and Unemployment Insurance benefits from one claim. She failed to report her work and earnings to the EDD, and also submitted forged medical certification documents to claim benefits.
01/17/17: Claimant Convicted of Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Ordered to Pay Restitution to the EDD
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Court Case Number: PA086903
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $13,350
  • Claimant: Ileanna Petersen
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded no contest to one felony count of Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was ordered to pay full restitution of $13,350 to the EDD, ordered to serve three years formal probation, and to perform 45 days of Caltrans work or community labor.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant was employed and failed to report her work and earnings to the EDD while collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits.
01/13/17: Claimant Jailed and Ordered to Pay Restitution for Unemployment Insurance Fraud
  • County: Orange
  • Court Case Number: 12ZF0145
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $5,956
  • Claimant: Sheila Marie Dimauro
  • Conviction: The claimant pleaded guilty and was convicted of a felony Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was sentenced to 120 days in jail, five years formal probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution to the EDD through the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant was self-employed and failed to report her earnings while collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits.
01/09/17: Claimant Sentenced For Unemployment Insurance Working Violations
  • County: Tuolumne
  • Court Case Number: CRF51071
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $12,150
  • Claimant: Mary Brown
  • Conviction: On 12/19/16 the claimant pleaded no contest to misdemeanor Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant was ordered to pay restitution on the amount of $12,150 and was sentenced to three days jail and 180 days of house arrest with electronic monitoring.
  • Summary of Incident: The defendant was employed and failed to report her work and earnings to the EDD while collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits.
01/09/17: Claimant Imprisoned for Two Years and Ordered to Pay Full Restitution for Disability Insurance Fraud
  • County: Los Angeles
  • Court Case Number: BA443102
  • Amount Due to the EDD: $27,568
  • Claimant: Iris L. Hurtado
  • Conviction: On 12/06/16 the claimant pleaded guilty and was convicted of one count of Section 550(b) of the Penal Code and one count of Section 2101(a) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.
  • Sentence: The claimant paid full restitution to the EDD on the day of sentence. She was sentenced to two years in state prison and was remanded into custody on the date of sentence.
  • Summary of Incident: The claimant filed for and received Disability Insurance benefits using forged medical documents.  She also worked while collecting benefits.