Four arrested, one outstanding suspect in EDD fraud ring bust in Rio Linda

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2:19 p.m.

The suspects’ names have been released by the district attorney.


They include Makayla Westbrook, Tommie McElroy, George Westbrook and John Knapp, along with one unnamed outstanding suspect.

RIO LINDA, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies, SWAT team members and investigators from the district attorney’s office converged on a home Tuesday morning in Rio Linda where an Employment Development Department fraud ring was suspected to be working out of.

“Today’s raid, I think, sends a clear message that this fraud will not be tolerated. It’ll not be ignored and it will not go unpunished,” Deputy District Attorney Nicholas Johnson said.

FOX40 was invited exclusively to witness the operation as traffic was halted at intersections and the line of marked and unmarked units made its way to the home on I Street.

Three people were arrested. 

Detectives believe the woman in this particular ring had ties to prison inmates, who have been identified as gang members, and that she filed fraudulent claims on their behalf.

“Today, we’re filing charges against three individuals. We believe that over $124,000 was taken fraudulently,” Johnson said. “And we will continue to investigate this fraud ring, because we believe there are more players out there.” 

See more of this story tonight on FOX40 News at 10.

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