阿卜杜勒-马利克麦克莱恩, 22, 杰克逊州立大学橄榄球计划的成员, 在洛杉矶向联邦当局自首, 的 司法部 说过. 他被指控 10 counts of mail fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
He pleaded not guilty and was released on a $ 20,000 键. A criminal complaint doesn’t list the university, but the alleged fraud occurred in 2020 from July to September, while McClain was living in Los Angeles and a member of the University of Southern California Trojans football team.
“When the university learned of this matter in September 2020, we notified law enforcement and have been fully cooperating with authorities,” the university said in a statement to Fox News. “We are unable to provide additional information because this is pending criminal matter.”
Federal prosecutors said McClain organized and assisted his teammates in filing fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a program established by Congress to help reduce the economic fallout caused by the pandemic.
The claims were filed with California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) using false information about the players’ prior employment. They also lied about job losses related to the pandemic and their supposed efforts in seeking employment in California, 检察官说.
They allegedly claimed they were athletic trainers and tutors whose employment had been negatively impacted by the pandemic. 总共, 36 applications were filed and nearly $ 230,000 in benefits were paid out.
The applications sought more than $ 903,000 in funds, 根据法院文件.
The false claims resulted in Bank of America issuing debit cards in the names of the claimants. The cards were mailed to addresses where they could collect mail, 投诉说.
Representatives for JSU declined to comment to Fox News on the matter.
在九月 2020, USC suspended McClain’s younger brother, wide receiver Munir McClain, after federal investigators began inquiring about potential fraud related to the PUA program. Agents visited the younger McClain’s dorm room looking for Abdul-Malik McClain, 的 洛杉矶时报 已报告.
Munir McClain transferred to the University of Utah earlier this year.