Mother, daughter suspected of California housing fraud scam
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California mother and daughter are facing felony charges in what prosecutors say is the “largest housing fraud case” in Orange County history.
The Orange County District Attorney’s says 55-year-old Errica Madkins Mickens and 29-year-old Brittany Monet Mickens were arrested Thursday on suspicion of grand theft and fraud. Investigators say they bilked more than $190,000 from county housing services. It wasn’t known Saturday if they have attorneys.
Prosecutors say the pair concealed their identities to gain funds from programs including Section 8, which provides rental assistance to low-income households.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports the mother and daughter allegedly used multiple birth certificates and ID cards to gain eligibility for the public programs.
Officials say they used to the money to buy luxury cars and fund a lavish lifestyle.