Killer Collected $30k in Unemployment While in Jail
Family helped collect funds and deposited into jail account
There are some Americans who can't buy a meal or save them home because they weren't granted unemployment. However, a convicted killer involved his entire family to help collect and cash his unemployment checks while he sat in a LA prison.
Anthony Garcia, 26, had his friends and family cash his $1,600-per-month checks, deposit it in his jail account and that of some of his prison-mates.
The money was deposited in Garcia's jail account from October 2008 to March 2010.
"Theft, drug sales and violent crimes are an integral part of the gang culture," wrote Sgt. Kevin Lloyd of the sheriff's Homicide Bureau in a statement. "We will continue to go wherever gang members and their associates commit their crimes. Our goal is to reduce violence and solve crimes and that is what we are doing. This investigation is continuing."
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Police arrested Garcia's father, 47-year-old Juan Garcia, and girlfriends 45-year-old Sandra Jaimez and 25-year-old Cynthia Limas on unemployment fraud and related charges last Thursday, Parker said. Garcia was originally arrested when police discovered that he had tattooed a mural of the murder he committed on his chest in 2008.
Mike Parker, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says that the unemployment funds were used to support a criminal gang.