SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A former state employee was sentenced Thursday to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento announced.
According to court documents, Rebecca Stoneking, 39, of Sacramento was part of a conspiracy to defraud the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD) between 2008 and 2010.
Using her position as an accounting technician with EDD, Stoneking transferred legitimate wage data received by EDD from individuals who were unconnected to the conspiracy to Timothy Oller and Russell Williams. Oller and Williams then filed unemployment claims that were based on their false wages for a company they never worked for.
That company was unable to detect the fraud because it was going out of business and conducting mass-layoffs at the time, according to the DOJ.
After the completion of her prison sentence, Stoneking will be required to serve three years of supervised release.
Sentencing is scheduled for co-defendant Williams is scheduled for Jan. 9. Oller was previously sentenced to 21 months in prison.