A state contractor from Oakland County is going through federal costs for an alleged fraud scheme involving unemployment insurance coverage advantages.
Autumn Mims, 28, of Birmingham, was named in a felony grievance introduced July 7 for her alleged function within the scheme which investigators say defrauded the State of Michigan and the federal authorities of funds earmarked for unemployment help.
She’s charged with wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated id theft for the alleged scheme that started final August.
Based on the grievance, Mims was a contract worker working as an unemployment insurance coverage examiner for Michigan when she allegedly started “utilizing her insider entry to fraudulently course of claims within the names of third events with out their information or authorization.”
The scheme allegedly had Mims opening unauthorized financial institution accounts within the names of third pirates and having declare funds issued to them. Mims then allegedly obtained a portion of the fraudulent claims.
The grievance additional states that regulation enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Mims’ dwelling and reportedly uncovered “vital proof of fraud,” together with receipts for gadgets purchased with the stolen funds and private info from third events.
It’s additionally alleged that Mims fraudulently obtained unemployment insurance coverage advantages for herself whereas working with the MUIA, claiming she was unemployed.
“These costs present our continued dedication to prosecuting those that try to use the Covid-19 disaster to steal taxpayer funds and fraudulently enrich themselves,” Performing United States Legal professional Saima Mohsin said in a information launch.
Added Timothy Waters, particular agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Detroit division: “Autumn Mims was employed as a Michigan Unemployment Insurance coverage examiner to guard taxpayer cash. As a substitute, she is charged with misusing her place to steal funds supposed for Michiganders in want. The FBI will proceed to aggressively pursue any such unemployment fraud and work with our regulation enforcement companions to convey to justice those that defraud the state and federal authorities.”
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Legal professional Andrew Yahkind. The investigation is being carried out collectively by the Division of Labor, Workplace of Inspector Basic, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Unemployment Insurance coverage Company, Michigan Division of Labor and Financial Alternative.