A Southfield woman has been charged in a criminal complaint for an alleged unemployment insurance scam related to COVID-19 through which she obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars.
As announced Wednesday by the Department of Justice, Katrina Patreese Maddox, 46, is facing federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly making false and fraudulent unemployment insurance claims in relation to the pandemic.
It’s alleged that from May 2020 through December 2021, Maddox used other people’s identities to file more than 35 fraudulent unemployment insurance claims. The benefits she cards allegedly received illegally were used to make court payments, pay for Door Dash deliveries and for cash withdrawals.
Approximately $311,440 in benefits was paid out to her, the complaint alleviates, with a potential loss of $1.2 million-plus to the government.
Maddox was expected to appear in federal court Wednesday.
The ongoing investigation must be completed before it’s determined if felony indictments against Maddox will be sought.