Under the investigation in Torrance – about 21 miles south of downtown Los Angeles – authorities confiscated 130 debit cards issued by the state Employment Development Department (EDD) as well as $150,000 in cash and four handguns, KCBS-TV of Los Angeles reported.
“Most debit cards were issued in third parties’ names, including identity theft victims, with a value of up to $20,000,” Torrance police Sgt. Alexander Martinez told the station. “The suspects possessed numerous cards and would often use the cards to make high-end purchases and make cash withdrawals from ATMs.”
The arrests have occurred since Sept. 10, the report said.
Authorties asked that anyone who received a letter from the EDD despite not applying for benefits call their local police department, KCBS-TV reported.
Financial losses were suffered by the state, not individuals, the Daily Breeze of Hermosa Beach reported.