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South Coast Man Sentenced To 14 Years In Federal Prison For Unemployment Fraud Scheme

A South Coast man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for a massive unemployment insurance fraud scheme.

Federal prosecutors say Jack Hessiani of Camarillo created more than 40 phony businesses, and then enlisted the help of others to file claims as laid off employees.

More than 700 claims representing more than 380 supposed employees were filed. The total loss was about $5 million dollars.

Hessiani pled guilty to mail fraud.

Three others have also pled guilty to charges related to the scheme, but they haven’t been sentenced yet.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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