ALLEN PARK, MI – Christopher Dominic Niebel, 43-years-old, of Allen Park, was arrested today in connection to a federal criminal complaint charging him with obtaining unemployment benefits authorized by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
He did so by using false and fraudulent pretenses and representations, by using the personally identifiable information of others that he had unlawfully obtained.
The affidavit supporting the complaint states that Christopher Niebel was responsible for or associated with over 100 fraudulent unemployment insurance accounts. The total amount of unemployment benefits paid through those fraudulent accounts by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) from March through August 2020 was approximately $849,000.00. Niebel was the account holder on at least 28 of the bank accounts to which the unemployment benefits were electronically transferred. These benefits included regular unemployment benefits but were mostly pandemic-related unemployment benefits provided through the CARES Act.
The complaint affidavit also notes that Niebel held himself out as a tax preparer under the name “Tax Guy Chris” with an office in Allen Park.