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California man headed to prison for unemployment insurance scam

February 16, 2022


A California man is headed to prison after admitting to unemployment insurance fraud to the tune of more than $170,000.

Kier Jordan Parker, 25, fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits by submitting multiple unemployment claims in other people’s names and using benefits debit cards that didn’t belong to him, according to the Department of Justice.

According to the Justice Department, the scheme was discovered when Parker and co-conspirator Robert Devon Barber were stopped in Las Vegas for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, police officers discovered 12 California Employment Development Department (EDD) unemployment insurance benefits debit cards issued in other people’s names, along with ATM receipts showing the cards had been used to make withdrawals totaling $7,400 in Nevada and California.

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