DATE: December 4, 2023

CASE: Michael McKinney (Case #21FE016108)

PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Nicholas Johnson, Special Investigations Unit

On October 17, 2023, Michael McKinney pled to Employment Development Department (EDD) fraud, evading police, identity theft and driving under the influence.  On November 30, 2023, the Honorable Kenneth Brody sentenced McKinney to 6 years and 8 months in state prison.

On September 18, 2021, California Highway Patrol officers attempted a vehicle stop on McKinney for speeding on Interstate 80. McKinney led officers on a high-speed chase, reaching speeds of over 130 mph. McKinney continued to drive on Auburn Boulevard until his tires went flat. McKinney then exited his vehicle, ran across Interstate 80 and led officers on a foot pursuit on the Haggin Oaks Golf Course. Officers arrested McKinney and determined his blood alcohol content was 0.128%.

On June 30, 2022, Sacramento police officers conducted a probation search of McKinney’s bedroom. Officers recovered 97 fraudulent credit cards and 28 identification cards containing McKinney’s face with different names. Officers also found other indicia of identity theft and evidence of EDD fraud.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the California Employment Development Department conducted an investigation and determined McKinney filed 23 fraudulent EDD claims and received $538,050 in fraudulent funds.

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