Mayor of Arvin investigated for suspected unemployment insurance fraud

ARVIN, Calif. (KERO) – Arvin Mayor Olivia Trujillo is under investigation for suspected unemployment insurance fraud.

According to letters sent to the Employment Development Department in May, the city suspected Trujillo of committing unemployment insurance fraud by submitting an unemployment claim to the city of Arvin.

In a statement, Arvin’s interim city manager said:

The City will not comment on the validity of the statement made by Mayor Trujillo regarding the former director general. However, the city council is taking this matter very seriously and is investigating the issues.

After reviewing the Employment Development Department (EDD) applications received by the City and finding that it appeared that a claim had been submitted on Ms. Trujillo’s behalf for unemployment benefits, the City took action. to determine the validity of this request. The City is continuing to investigate this matter and will do so until action is taken based on the results of the investigation.

23ABC has contacted Trujillo but has yet to receive a response.

According to the letter sent to EDD, Trujillo was at all times relevant to either the mayor or a city councilor of Arvin. She was a municipal councilor from December 2018 to 2020 and mayor from December 2020 to the present day.

She has never been a city employee, according to the letter.

Former city council member Gabriela Martinez also received a letter accusing her of EDD fraud.

Here are copies of the letters:


Trujillo EDD Fraud Letter 2


Martinez EDD Letter 1


Martinez EDD Letter 2


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