Nevada’s employment office has been hit with another case of unemployment insurance fraud worth thousands of dollars.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office of Nevada announced Wednesday that it filed a complaint against Alan Ray, 33, alleging he was in possession of multiple unemployment debit cards under various names issued by the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation and the California Employment Development Department.
The value of unemployment insurance benefits on the 24 cards is at least $465,230, but when coupled with illegally-filed unemployment insurance claims possibly made by Ray the total amount reaches nearly $1.15 million in actual and potential benefits, according to court documents.
U.S. Attorney Nicholas Trutanich said the office will be adding an Assistant U.S. Attorney, whose focus will be prosecuting CARES Act-related unemployment insurance fraud thanks to recent funding from the Department of Justice.
“This new funding is just one more arrow in our quiver to combat unemployment fraud, and it shows not only the commitment of our office but the commitment of the Department of Justice as a whole to this initiative,” he said.
Signed, sealed, not delivered
Court documents show Ray, who is from England, was staying at Wynn Las Vegas in October. During his stay, he used the hotel’s business center to ship a package to an address in Houston, Texas but hotel security inspected the package after suspecting it contained illegal items.
Wynn’s security found 24 unemployment insurance debit cards under different names issued by DETR and California’s employment office. They also found two notebooks containing personal identifying information of more than 80 people, a photocopy of a Puerto Rico marijuana dispensary card with a Puerto Rico address, a laptop, a receipt showing a $1,000 withdrawal from an ATM near Wynn using one of the unemployment debit cards, among other items, court