Former state worker, 3 others indicted in $1M COVID aid fraud scheme

A former Michigan unemployment insurance examiner and three others were indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with an alleged scheme to steal more than $1 million in benefits related to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities announced Thursday.

The four are: Adelita Castillo Juarez, 55, and Francisca Adelita Juarez, 35, both of Kent City; Evelyn De-Maya Vanderbilt, 32, of Grand Rapids and Inkster; and Mya Michelle Giordano, 42, of Norfolk, Virginia.

Between May 2020 and January 2022, the group committed wire fraud by filing fraudulent unemployment claims in Michigan and elsewhere, according to the 33-count indictment .

The claims involved people allegedly ineligible to receive benefits for reasons including not having Michigan income or living outside the state, authorities said.