State Contractor Sentenced in $3 million Unemployment Fraud Scheme


A Detroit woman was sentenced today to 58 months in federal prison after having pleaded guilty for her role in a multi-million dollar unemployment insurance fraud scheme aimed at defrauding the State of Michigan and the U.S. Government of funds earmarked for unemployment assistance during the COVID19 pandemic, announced Acting United States Attorney Saima Mohsin.

Joining in the announcement were Irene Lindow, Special Agent-in-Charge, Chicago Region, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, Special Agent in Charge John R. Marengo, US Secret Service, Rodney Hopkins, Postal Inspector in Charge of the Detroit Division, Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Acting Special Agent in Charge Brian Thomas, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and Liza Estlund Olson, former acting director of the Unemployment Insurance Agency.

Brandi Hawkins, 40, was sentenced before United States…

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