December 6, 2023
Federal courthouse in downtown San Diego. Picture by Chris Stone

Fourteen individuals have been charged in San Diego with fraud and cash laundering for his or her alleged roles in a scheme to take greater than $5 million in state unemployment funds.

The alleged crimes have been revealed in {a partially} unsealed indictment Thursday.

The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace says the defendants recruited and helped a whole lot of individuals apply for California Employment Growth Division advantages utilizing fraudulent paperwork.

David Constantin and Constantin Bobi Sandu have been paid by the candidates for serving to them apply and acquired extra cash after the EDD funds arrived, in response to prosecutors.

Sandu has pleaded responsible and is slated to be sentenced on Monday in San Diego for his half within the scheme. Constantin was arrested in Romania earlier this week and the Division of Justice is looking for his extradition to the U.S.

9 of the fourteen defendants listed within the indictment haven’t been arrested.

In line with prosecutors, Sandu, Constantin and different co-defendants wired proceeds from the fraud to Romania, the place the funds have been used on private bills.

Sandu wired $16,000 to Romania so as to renovate his home, the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned, whereas Constantin despatched greater than $128,000 to Romanian associates. Prosecutors say one other co-defendant, Eduard Buse, used $105,000 in proceeds to purchase a 2020 BMW X6 and have the automobile shipped to Romania.

In complete, the defendants acquired almost $5.2 million from the state, in response to the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace.

– Metropolis Information Service