Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Stealing Nearly .5 Million in COVID Jobless Relief and for Drug Trafficking

SANTA ANA, California – A downtown Los Angeles man pleaded guilty today to federal drug trafficking and fraud charges, admitting, among other thing...

November 15, 2022
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SANTA ANA, California – A downtown Los Angeles man pleaded guilty today to federal drug trafficking and fraud charges, admitting, among other things, that he fraudulently obtained nearly $5.5 million in COVID-related jobless benefits by using the identities of California state prison inmates and other third parties.           Edward Kim, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl, one count of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims, two counts of mail fraud, and two counts of possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices.

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