Air Force officer nabbed on pandemic fraud

Trevon Miller pleads guilty to $150,000 in unemployment insurance fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic

Washington D.C., USA - February 29, 2020: Sign of United States
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published March 13, 2024  • 
12:00 pm

FRESNO – While the COVID crisis might be over, convictions for unemployment fraud from 2020 are still spreading in number.

Trevon Miller, 31, a former Air Force police officer at Edwards Air Force Base, admitted to mail fraud charges on March 4 for filing false unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic, said U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert.

Court records show Miller used a previous name, Trevon Rodney, to file fraudulent claims in various states from April to June 2020. Despite being on active duty, he falsely informed unemployment agencies he was jobless, resulting in over $150,000 being issued on debit cards mailed to him.

The case resulted from investigations by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Secret Service, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service. U.S. Attorneys Joseph Barton and Arelis Clemente are prosecuting.

Scheduled for sentencing on June 17 by U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston, Miller is facing up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The court, considering statutory factors and Federal Sentencing Guidelines, will determine the final sentence.

This prosecution is part of the California COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Strike Force, an initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice to address pandemic relief fraud in California, particularly in the Eastern and Central Districts.

Mid Valley Times Staff