California prosecutors allege a man stole $750,000 in public assistance funds through an Electronic Benefit Transfer scheme that obtained personal information from 655 EBT card holders through scam text messages.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office said Friday that Jawuan Antonio Gibson used the information to create cloned EBT cards and withdraw funds from ATMs.
Gibson was arrested May 2 and booked into Los Angeles County jail. Authorities say agents seized $20,000 in cash at that time and a later search of his hotel residence turned up $950,000 in cash, ATM card readers and other equipment.
The case filed in Sacramento County alleges two counts of grand theft and one count of grand theft of access cards issued to four or more persons.
Inmate records show Gibson was transferred to the custody of Sacramento County sheriff’s officials on May 9 and was being held without bail.
Defense attorney Carmen Butler declined to comment.
Gibson is scheduled to appear in court on June 18, booking records show.