Woman Sentenced for Role in COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Fraud Scheme

~2 min read | Published on 2023-12-14, tagged FraudSentenced using 260 words.

A California woman was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for participating in a conspiracy to fraudulently acquire COVID-19 unemployment benefits.


From June 2021 through March 2022, Sasha Lizette Jimenez, 26, and her accomplices used stolen identities purchased on the dark web to fraudulently obtain approximately $2.8 million in unemployment insurance benefits from the California Employment Development Department (EDD).
After acquiring the stolen personal identifying information (PII), Jimenez and her accomplices used it to fill fraudulent EDD applications. They used addresses under their control while filling out the applications.
Once approved, the EDD would credit the benefits into the accounts created under the victims names. Bank of America would then issue debit cards linked to the EDD accounts created under the victims' names. Jimenez and her co-conspirators would then use the debit cards to make withdrawals from the accounts via ATMs at different locations.
In total, Jimenez and her co-conspirators received approximately $2,804,508 in fraudulent unemployment benefits. They managed to withdraw $2,304,203 from the fraudulent EDD debit accounts.
In addition to the unemployment benefits fraud scheme, Jimenez participated in a check fraud scheme led by her boyfriend, 26-year-old Meshach Samuels. In the scheme, Jimenez and her accomplices acquired victims' information from an employee of an undisclosed financial institution. They would then create fraudulent checks that debited the victims' accounts. They cashed out the checks via bank accounts under their control.
Jimenez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud on May 22, 2023.
In addition to the three years and five months in prison, Jimenez was ordered to pay $2,304,203 in restitution.

Comments (19)


SuckTheFuck2023-12-16
06d49807

Lmao imagine going to prison over unemployment. What a joke, big time L

hopesfall2023-12-19
171fefd1

Exactly!!!

Whoami2023-12-17
445e3195

Only 3 years and 5 months in prison.....??? Also wonder how they were caught what was there OPSEC like out of curiosity

ksanmdich398n8nwcna2024-01-13
7b5bd48a

I know right how were they caught

amin2023-12-17
4f90f1ef

hello,help me about darknet.

Greynet2023-12-20
d2cf7537

Yu can buy Bitcoin and waste some on the darknet. Darknet is like a chocolate box. You eat some. There are also some scams! But for that you have to look a little bit. scams are cool. A little lie here a big number there. One who tells a lie, one who wants to believe a lie. But what is your problem with darknet? Wanna have one? Hidden services are big business. No one wants to be the one hosting something. My neighbours have an open wifi. Am thinking on starting a hidden service on their IP-Address. Maybe some plant-porn. Naked plants and bitcoin-addresses for live-sex. The bee, plant story.

Greynet2023-12-24
0793425d

Yu can buy Bitcoin and waste some on the darknet. Darknet is like a chocolate box. You eat some. There are also some scams! But for that you have to look a little bit. scams are cool. A little lie here a number there. One who tells a lie, one who wants to believe a lie. But what is your problem with darknet? Wanna have one? Hidden services are business. No one wants to be one hosting. My neighbors have an open wifi. Am thinking on starting a hidden service on their IP-Address. Maybe some plant-porn. Naked plants and bitcoin-addresses. The bee, plant story.

amin2023-12-17
87ff8ea4

I want that do cyberattacks.

urmumsfatass2023-12-20
3936214a

i hope the feds get you amin only scum do cyber attacks

Grahan2023-12-24
a0d7cb42

You again? Cyberattakcs are easy. It´s just hacking with bitcoin. The difficult part is the onion name creation for the selling site. <chat room for support maybe easy to program, too. Nowadays when you make photos of people on the street some may already feel cyberattacked. Cybershot one may say. If you do cyberattack for defending yourself it´s self-defense and than it´s legit. When someone attacks you it´s usually not cyberattack but rather a physical attack. So it´s better you cyberattack first so you know that you will be physical-attacked. Why wait until one slaps you on the right cheek if you can avoid being slapped at all?

Dumm2023-12-19
513182cd

People always forget the 2 rules in commiting crimes. #1 Always work alone. Everyone will turn on you in the end to save their ass. #2 Don't get greedy. Close to $3 million and they thought no one would notice? You want to keep it small enough so it has a good chance of not being noticed and also if you are caught your only looking at a couple years. She should have worked alone and stopped at $100k.

Nate Hikes2023-12-19
4923b105

Pretty based. Fuck the federal government.

Grahan2023-12-20
d3fe12b0

You again? Cyberattakcs are easy. It´s just hacking with bitcoin. The difficult part is the onion name creation for the selling site. <chat room for support maybe easy to program, too. Nowadays when you make photos of people on the street because of making photos as a tourist some may already feel cyberattacked. Cybershot one may say. If you do cyberattack for defending yourself it´s self-defense and than it´s legit. When someone attacks you it´s usually not cyberattack but rather a physical attack. So it´s better you cyberattack first so you know that you will be physical-attacked. Why wait until one slaps you on the right cheek if you can avoid being slapped at all?

DeSa2023-12-21
7d0cf53a

Amin, You're too fucking stupid to understand English, how are you to get into computer hacking? Go rape a Jew, you probably understand that pretty well. Alternate version: your bad English is intentional and you wear a lawman's badge.

Police Officer2023-12-24
93fc7431

Sorry amin. We don't do illegal things here. We are tracing your location.

lilmhaj2023-12-31
df0cf8ee

please can you help me to understand all this means

Faucichi2024-01-05
ca7b1f68

covid19 is a fraud

God 2024-01-16
366ca420

To they straight bitch

Jesus Harold 2024-01-16
6653b40d

So I guess there is many ways the dark net can send a human being to the feds