Arizona mafia allegedly involved in pandemic fraud

PHOENIX – Arizona Mexican Mafia members have been hit with a 50-count indictment after fraudulently exchanging money for pandemic unemployment funds, Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes announced Friday.

Thirty members and associates were indicted by a state grand jury for their alleged participation in a criminal syndicate that filed fraudulent claims for pandemic unemployment assistance between 2020 and 2021.

The mafia members gave false information to receive money for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. In turn, they used these payments to finance and facilitate the actions of the Mexican Mafia in Arizona, officials said.

The members and associates of the mafia are accused of fraudulent schemes and artifices, money laundering, assisting a criminal street gang, trafficking in stolen property, conspiracy, forgery, participation in a criminal syndicate, participation in a criminal street gang and illegal control of an enterprise. according to court documents.

The FBI Phoenix Violent Street Gangs Task Force and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s Covid Fraud Unit investigated the case.

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