Unemployment rip-off: Man charged with ID theft following Loop visitors cease

Lamont Andrews | CPD

Many Illinoisans have struggled to get their unemployment claims granted in the course of the COVID-19 outbreak. However one Chicago man appears to have had no issues with the system in any respect.

Lamont Andrews is going through a number of counts of identification theft and different costs after police discovered him carrying a trove of fraudulently-obtained unemployment funds and $20,000 money within the Loop this week, prosecutors mentioned.

When police pulled Andrews over for a visitors violation round 7:20 Wednesday, he ran from the automotive — leaving a bag on his driver’s seat, in response to prosecutors. Cops arrested him on the 100 block of North Wabash after a brief foot chase.

Cops opened the bag he left within the automotive and located 37 unemployment debit playing cards bearing 37 totally different names, $20,000 money, and 20 ATM receipts displaying withdrawals totaling $four,000, in response to prosecutors.

Investigators contacted six of the victims whose names appeared on the unemployment playing cards. None of them had utilized for unemployment, and none of them gave Andrews permission to use for advantages on their behalf, prosecutors mentioned.

Unemployment directors informed police the 37 debit playing cards have been price over $82,000.

Prosecutors charged Andrews with six counts of identification theft, illegal possession of greater than three debit playing cards, numerous misdemeanors, and visitors violations.

Decide Charles Seashore mentioned Andrews might go dwelling if he posts a $300 deposit bond. Seashore additionally ordered Andrews to remain in the home between 7 p.m. and seven a.m., however Seashore didn’t order him to go onto digital monitoring to implement that order.

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