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U.S. Attorney: More indicted in Sutter Co. jobless benefits scheme
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SUTTER COUNTY, CA - Federal authorities went after six more individuals Monday in an ongoing investigation into fraudulent unemployment and disability benefits.

PREVIOUS STORY: U.S. Attorney accuses 6 in $5 million jobless benefits scheme

Indicted on mail fraud charges were Ryan Herbert Smith, 46, of Turlock; Chindo Gharu, 49, of Yuba City; Seema Rajput, 45, of Modesto; Rajinder Kaur Dhillon, 70, of Sacramento; Rajinder Kaur Dhillon 47, of Yuba City; and Balwinder Singh Khangura, 64, of Yuba City and Sacramento. U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lauren Horwood said Gharu, Rajinder Kaur Dhillon, and Khangura were arrested; the other two were expected to surrender.

Federal investigators alleged the suspects bought fake pay stubs from the suspects named in the previous story and used that paycheck information for unemployment and disability benefits.

According to federal documents, wages were reported for more than 400 individuals resulting in more than 2,000 fraudulent claims for unemployment and disability benefits.

The maximum sentence for mail fraud is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. Those named in the indictment unsealed Monday face 24 counts each.

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