Bakersfield relatives plead guilty to fraudulent schemes | USAO-EDCA

FRESNO, Calif. — Charles Abieanga, 31, Viviana Cervantes, 23, and Simon Abieanga, 28, all of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today to separate fraud charges, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, husband and wife Charles Abieanga and Viviana Cervantes each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated impersonation for their roles in two fraud schemes. different. The first scheme was to submit bogus claims to the California Employment Development Department and obtain the benefits associated with those claims. The second scheme involved impersonating a supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE) and defrauding hospitals by selling non-existent medical supplies, including surgical gowns and N-95 face masks. Charles Abieanga also separately pleaded guilty to a scheme involving the online sale of pets, horses and non-existent vehicles to victims. The conduct of Charles Abieanga and Viviana Cervantes caused actual losses of over $210,000.

Simon Abieanga, Charles’ brother, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his role in two separate but similar fraud schemes. The first scheme was to submit bogus claims to the California Employment Development Department and obtain the benefits associated with those claims. Simon Abieanga’s second scheme involved the online sale of pets, horses and non-existent vehicles to victims. Simon Abieanga’s conduct caused actual losses of over $105,000.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Secret Service, the California Employment Development Department and the Bakersfield Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alexander Dempsey and Joe Barton are prosecuting the case.

The brothers are scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ana de Alba on January 17, 2023, and Cervantes is scheduled to be sentenced on January 23, 2023. Charles Abieanga and Viviana Cervantes face a maximum legal sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. $ for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two years in prison mandatory consecutive to any other sentence for aggravated identity theft. Simon Abieanga faces a maximum legal sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Actual sentences, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of all applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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