Menifee woman charged with stealing $534K in jobless benefits

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A 32-year-old Menifee woman accused of committing identity theft to steal over $500,000 in unemployment benefits made available under the federal coronavirus aid bill was charged Friday, Oct. 9 with mail fraud and other offenses. Cara Marie Kirk-Connell was arrested without incident at her home based on the complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office, which stemmed from an investigation that began on Sept. 11. Along with mail fraud, Kirk-Connell is charged with identity theft and access device fraud, specifically debit cards. Kirk-Connell is in federal custody in Orange County and is slated to make her initial appearance at U.S. District Court in Riverside Tuesday. According to prosecutors, Kirk-Connell was stopped by Murrieta police officers after an allege
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