Killer charged with leading $2 million COVID jobless fund scam from behind bars. Natalie Le Demola helped kill her mother.

A woman from Corona, California, who is serving a life sentence for aiding her mother’s murder in 2001, was accused of leading a group that defrauded the state of millions in unemployment benefits. CBS Los Angeles reports

The Justice Department has charged 13 defendants, five of whom have been arrested, with using stolen identities and defrauding California, out of $2 million, primarily in pandemic unemployment relief, and mostly in the second half of 2020. conspiracy to commit wire transfer and bank fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

According to the indictment, they allegedly committed 150 “overt acts” including stealing personal identification information, some of which was given to them by a prison officer who works for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The official remains nameless.

Many of the defendants were charged with 31 counts of bank fraud and seven counts of aggravated identity theft counts.

Each count of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year prison term.

According to the DOJ, 37-year-old Natalie Le Demola, who has been serving a life sentence since her 2005 conviction for the murder of her mother, led the ring, which included her close friend, 32-year-old paroled Neosha Plummer.

According to the indictment, the group used the names, dates of birth and social security numbers of people who did not qualify for unemployment benefits.

The suspects, in addition to Demola and Plummer, named in the indictment are:

  • Khanshanda King, 31, of Los Angeles, who is still wanted;
  • Cleshay Johnson II, 28, of Los Angeles, who is still being sought;
  • James Antonio Johnson, who has several aliases, including “Big Dawg Niddy,” 31, of Los Angeles, who is currently in custody at a Los Angeles County jail;
  • Felicite Aleisha King, 41, of Los Angeles, who is still wanted;
  • Shafequah Lynete Mitchell, 33, of Los Angeles, currently traveling outside of California;
  • Loresha Shamone Davis, 31, of Moreno Valley, who was arrested today;
  • Porsha Latrice Johnson, 32, of Lynwood, who was arrested today;
  • Donisha Lashawn Pace, 38, of South Los Angeles, who was arrested today;
  • Dominique Charmone Martin, 37, of Yucaipa, who is still wanted;
  • Mykara Destiny Robertson, 23, of Los Angeles, who is still wanted; and
  • Amber Jane Wade, 34, of Palmdale, who was arrested today.

Authorities arrested six suspects: Plummer, Antonio Johnson, Latrice Johnson, Pace and Wade.

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