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Six present, former U.S. Postal employees accused of collecting fraudulent unemployment advantages, business loans

CHICAGO (CBS) — Six present and former U.S. Postal Service employees have been charged with fraudulently acquiring loans for companies that didn’t actually exist.

The six defendants had been charged as half of an investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s Task power on Unemployment Benefits Insurance Fraud. They all utilized for a range of authorities loans and help throughout the top of the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to the Attorney General’s office.

In addition to making an attempt to get loans from the Small Business Administration for companies that weren’t actual, 4 of the defendants are accused of submitting for fraudulent unemployment advantages whereas they had been actually working for the Postal Service all alongside.

The defendants are:

  • Davonte Kendall, 30, of Lansing;
  • Bria Taylor, 27, of Berwyn;
  • Imani Butler, 29, of Dixmoor;
  • Raven Daniel, 28, of Bellwood;
  • Louis Okay. Lay, Jr., 32, of Chicago;
  • Erica M. Beck, 34, of Chicago.

Between them the six defendants are charged with greater than 65 felony counts – together with theft by deception, state advantages fraud, mortgage fraud, wire fraud, and forgery.

Lay and Beck – who’re married to one another and each nonetheless work for the Postal Service – are additionally charged with scheming to steal $25,000 in financial impression funds from residents within the South Shore neighborhood.

The Attorney General’s office started investigating when the Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General reported that some employees had been collecting unemployment whereas working and getting paid by the Postal Service. A joint federal and state investigation adopted.

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