Nine Michigan residents charged with unemployment fraud

Aug 11 β€” Federal prosecutors have indicted nine Michigan residents as part of a scheme to defraud unemployment systems in several states, according to a recently unsealed indictment.

The plan, allegedly developed by Sharodney Harrison, included fake email accounts, stolen personal information under which claims were filed, and an Airbnb rental in California from which scammers could collect California claims, according to the act. accusation.

The program continued from February 1, 2020 to January 26, 2021, according to the indictment.

Harrison is said to have conspired with Seandrea Crawford, Sharrell Harrison, Sha-ron Harrison, Sharease Harrison, Edward Taylor, James Mayfiled, Frank Jennings and Sharonda Griffin.

The ages and hometowns of those charged were not immediately available.

The people named in the indictment traveled to California between August 25, 2020 and September 4, 2020, to collect claims more quickly.

“Believing that they could make California UI claims pay faster if California mailing addresses were used for UI claims, these conspiracy members rented an Airbnb located in Los Angeles, California, and used that Airbnb’s address and other California addresses to file fraudulent unemployment insurance claims in California in the days leading up to the trip and during their stay in California, ”the act says. ‘charge.

Michigan and other states have seen persistent claims for fraudulent unemployment benefits during the pandemic, as the state tries to balance a wave of new claims with new federal benefits and difficulty paying benefits on time. timely.

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Editor-in-chief Robert Snell contributed.

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