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Three indicted in unemployment-benefits scheme

Three Baltimore residents were indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a scheme to claim at least $409,000 in Maryland unemployment benefits, prosecutors said Thursday.

Kevin Bernard Smith and Sheila Denis Willis, both 47, and Shekia Denise Edwards, 25, allegedly filed fraudulent unemployment insurance claims using other Marylanders' information, including Social Security numbers, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said. The people whose information was used had no idea, the office said.

As part of the scheme, according to the office, Smith filed false quarterly reports with the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation "under the names of...