ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Detectives say an operation that started with a traffic stop in Roseville last year eventually took down a suspected EDD fraud ring with 200 known victims.
Back in November 2020, Roseville police officers pulled over a pair of suspects near Highway 65 and Pleasant Grove Boulevard. Police didn’t disclose what prompted the traffic stop, but the investigation into the pair resulted in around $11,000 in cash, $90,000 worth of jewelry, drugs packed for sales, and a loaded .40-caliber handgun being seized.READ MORE: Who Is Mark Lavea, Suspect Killed In San Andreas Hostage Situation?
The pair – 41-year-old Bruce Anderson and 28-year-old Candice Carty, both Suisun City residents – were arrested, but they eventually bailed out. Two children were also taken into protective custody.
Come December 2020, four locations in Suisun City, Fairfield and Hayward were served search warrants as the investigation into the pair continued. Over $400,000 in cash and property was seized in those searches, police say.READ MORE: Trap, Tag, Haze: New Efforts To Get Bears To Behave In Tahoe Area
Evidence of a large-scale EDD fraud network involving at least 200 victims was also uncovered in the searches, detectives say. Further, detectives also uncovered evidence a suspected human trafficking ring.
Detectives have since identified Anderson as the alleged head of a criminal drug trafficking, human trafficking, credit card fraud, and EDD fraud organization.
In total, detectives say the criminal organization is suspected of successfully applying for $4.5 million in unemployment – with them withdrawing $2,382,492 of that using the fraudulently obtained benefits cards.MORE NEWS: Yuba City Neighborhood 'Traumatized' After High Speed Drivers Repeatedly Crash Into Homes
Warrants have now been issued for Anderson and four others in connection to the operation. While one suspect, 25-year-old Santa Cruz resident Emily Hill, has been arrested, the other three remain on the run: Anderson, 32-year-old Suisun City resident Alicia Alexis, 31-year-old Valley resident Sean Gray, and 28-year-old Fairfield resident Robert Adams.