Sacramento unemployment fraud scheme topped $2.75 million, used 166 IDs, officials say

·1 min read

When Sacramento law enforcement officials arrested 35-year-old Jamie Williams-Major and six others last year they thought they’d broken up an unemployment fraud scheme involving more than $250,000 in phony payments.

Turns out, the total was 10 times higher, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert’s office announced Tuesday.

After obtaining a search warrant for Williams-Major’s cellphone, authorities now believe the fraud perpetrated on the California Employment Development Department was more than $2.75 million, the largest EDD fraud scheme in Sacramento since inmates and others began targeting unemployment funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Williams-Major, was arrested in Las Vegas and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on Saturday, where she is being held without bail pending a court hearing Wednesday.

She faces 166 counts charging her with using the names of state prison inmates and identity theft victims to make false claims for unemployment payments, part of a worldwide multi-billion fraud scheme that authorities discovered in 2020 during the height of the pandemic.

Officials estimate California EDD fraud may have totaled more than $20 billion.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting