Man Uses Undocumented Immigrants to Perpetrate $4.4 Million in Fraud


A man charged with using undocumented immigrants to obtain unemployment benefits pleaded guilty to $4.4 million in fraud. Folks, that’s million with an M!

The article explains how Francisco Garcia and three codefendants recruited illegal immigrants to file for false unemployment benefits – 591 claims in total? (Garcia clearly understood the system well.? He had them apply for unemployment insurance, emergency unemployment compensation benefits, state extended benefits, and federal additional compensation benefits. What did he buy with his millions? Five houses in Las Vegas. (With digs like that, where is the new Ferrari?)

Garcia faces up to 35 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. Oh, and the houses – he has to give those back. According to the article, the other three defendants are expected to enter guilty pleas, with Garcia scheduled to be sentenced in February.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Man pleads guilty to using undocumented immigrants to get $4.4 million in unemployment benefits,” by Jackie Valley, published by The Las Vegas Sun, October 31, 2011.

A man charged with using undocumented immigrants to fraudulently obtain more than $4.4 million in unemployment benefits pleaded guilty Monday, Nevada’s U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden announced.

Francisco Garcia, 41, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, money laundering and false representation of a Social Security number, officials said.

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Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.