ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona man among 3 sentenced in COVID fraud scheme

Sep 7, 2023, 2:00 PM | Updated: 2:22 pm

(AP Photo, File)...

(AP Photo, File)

(AP Photo, File)

PHOENIX — An Arizona man was one of three defendants sentenced in a COVID fraud scheme over unemployment assistance, authorities said Thursday.

Jonathan Blake, 30, of Tucson, was sentenced to six months in prison in early August after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.

Blake, along with a married Texas couple, defrauded the Arizona Department of Economic Security of about $225,000 in May 2020 through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

Bethany Helene Green, 46, devised the scheme to get inmates at Pinal County Jail, including Blake and her husband 48-year-old Patrick Green, unemployment benefits they were not eligible for.

A total of 16 inmates provided their personal information for the $600 weekly benefit, according to the release.

Bethany Green charged inmates $1,000 to complete the online forms and an additional $100 weekly to complete the online forms.

The defendants, including Blake, will have to pay $225,000 in restitution.

The United States Department of Labor-Office of Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General and Arizona Department of Economic Security-Office of Inspector General investigated the case.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Mugshot of Jill Houchens, who was arrested Feb. 19, 2024, on 146 counts of animal abuse and neglect...

KTAR.com

Arizona woman arrested on nearly 150 animal abuse and neglect charges

An Arizona woman faces nearly 150 charges after more than 20 animals, including five that were dead, were removed from her property earlier this month, authorities said.

1 hour ago

Sun at high noon over a prison....

SuElen Rivera

Man sentenced to over 5 years for coordinating drug smuggling into Arizona

A man was sentenced last week to over five years in prison for his role in coordinating drug smuggling into Arizona, authorities said.

2 hours ago

Blurry photo of an ambulance with lights on at night...

KTAR.com

1 teenager killed, another seriously injured in rollover collision in Phoenix

One teenager was killed and another was seriously injured in a rollover collision in northwest Phoenix early Sunday, authorities said.

4 hours ago

Mesa man smiles for picture!...

KTAR.com

Silver Alert issued for Mesa man with cognitive disability

A silver alert was issued Sunday night for a Mesa man with a cognitive disability last seen in Mesa, authorities said.

5 hours ago

The Grand Canyon Railway returns on March 2. (Grand Canyon Railway)...

David Veenstra

Grand Canyon Railway to run train pulled by steam engine on select dates this year

The Grand Canyon Railway resumes operations this weekend, offering departures every first Saturday of the month through October.

6 hours ago

Downtown Chandler BBQ festival 2024...

Serena O'Sullivan

Downtown Chandler BBQ Festival bringing beer, music, games, smoked meats this weekend

Whiskey, beer, live music and games are in store for the Downtown Chandler BBQ Festival at the Dr. A.J. Chandler Park East on March 2 and 3.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

...

Sanderson Ford

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.

Arizona man among 3 sentenced in COVID fraud scheme