- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County man has been sentenced to more than six-and-a-half years in federal prison for a scheme to defraud the state’s unemployment insurance program and a related scam to obtain fraudulent federal tax refunds.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 55-year-old Carl Artis of Lancaster was also ordered Monday to pay $598,000 in restitution.

The Lancaster resident pleaded guilty in February to federal counts of mail fraud and making false claims.

Prosecutors say Artis operated a four-year scheme to defraud the California Employment Development Department of unemployment insurance benefits.

According to a plea deal, Artis registered fictitious companies with the EDD, submitted false wage information for individuals whom he falsely claimed worked for those companies, and then fraudulently obtained unemployment insurance benefits.

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