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Woman ran unemployment fraud ring from prison, prosecutors say

Kim DeMola died a week after the beating, according to a report filed by a federal magistrate in 2015.

In April 2005, a Riverside County Superior Court jury convicted Ms. DeMola and Mr. Bell of first-degree murder. They were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in July 2005, according to the judge’s report. Ms. DeMola could not be reached for comment.

The other defendants in the unemployment fraud scheme are still being sought, authorities said. It is unclear whether the prison official will also face charges.

The unemployment program investigation was conducted by multiple federal, state and local agencies, including the Los Angeles El Camino Real Financial Crimes Task Force, which is led by Homeland Security Investigations and investigates financial crimes in South of California.

Investigators searched the prison official’s records after receiving a tip and found the worker had accessed information belonging to hundreds of incarcerated women, 42 incarcerated men and their authorized visitors, according to an affidavit. More than 250 of those names were used to apply for unemployment benefits, according to court documents.

In September 2020, two of the defendants – Khanshanda King, 31, and Cleshay Johnson II, 28 – were arrested during a traffic stop in Inglewood, California, with evidence related to the scheme, including ATM receipts automatically linked to unemployment benefit accounts, according to an affidavit. Police also found a log in their car listing 98 profiles of people whose personal information was used to apply for unemployment benefits.

One of those named in the registry was an 83-year-old man who had never lived in California and told investigators he did not know the people who used his identity to claim benefits, court documents show. . Another man, who had been in prison for 15 years, told investigators he did not know about unemployment benefits and did not know the people who had opened a benefits card in his name.


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