A convicted killer who got caught because he'd tattooed a graphic mural of the murder scene on his chest raked in more than $30,000 in unemployment benefits while he sat in the Los Angeles County jail system, a sheriff's spokesman said.
Anthony Garcia, 26, had family and friends cashing his $1,600-per-month checks while he served time, said Capt. Mike Parker, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. His accomplices would then deposit a portion of the money into Garcia's jail account. They also shared the cash with Garcia's fellow incarcerated gang members.
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 Thursday, Parker said.
"It's pretty appalling when you think about somebody sitting in jail collecting unemployment," Parker said.
He did not say whether Anthony Garcia would face additional charges.
The money was deposited in Garcia's jail account from October 2008 to March 2010. "Investigators determined that ... Garcia was having family members and friends fraudulently obtain and cash biweekly unemployment insurance benefit checks," Parker said in a statement.