Air Force Police Officer pleads guilty to COVID-19 unemployment fraud

The officer, stationed in Kern County, received over $150,000 through the fraudulent claims.
An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, marked AA-1, lands Oct. 23 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The F-35 Integrated Test Force staff concluded an air-start test. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Julius Delos Reyes)

A former Air Force Police Officer at Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges related to federal COVID-19 aid. 

U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert announced the guilty plea on Monday. 


The big picture: Trevon Miller, 31, submitted fraudulent unemployment insurance claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Court documents reveal that Miller submitted the claims in several states under his former name of Trevon Rodney from April 2020 to June 2020. 
  • Miller told state agencies at the time that he was unemployed when he was actually an active-duty Air Force Police Officer the entire time. 
  • He made over $150,000 in claims, and he received the money in debit cards that were mailed to him. 

What we’re watching: Miller is scheduled to be sentenced on June 17 by U.S. District Judge Jennifer Thurston. 

  • He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 

Photo: Edwards Air Force Base

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