Father, girlfriends of killer charged for helping him collect $20,000 in unemployment while in LA jail

Murder Tattoo

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

File: In this undated photo released by the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. Anthony Garcia is shown. Garcia, 22, was convicted Wednesday, April 20, 2011, of first-degree murder and shooting at an occupied vehicle. Garcia a Southern California gang member who had a murder storyboard tattooed on his chest was convicted for killing a gang rival. The tattoo detailed the shooting of 23-year-old John Juarez in Pico Rivera on Jan. 23, 2004.

The father and two girlfriends of a convicted killer have been charged with helping him collect more than $20,000 in unemployment while in jail.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say 47-year-old Juan Garcia, 45-year-old Sandra Jaimez and 25-year-old Cynthia Limas were charged Monday with counts including theft and conspiracy.

They are the father and girlfriends of Anthony Garcia (a.k.a. "Chopper") who is serving 65 years to life in prison for the 2004 killing of a gang rival in Pico Rivera. He became a suspect when police came across pictures of a tattoo on his chest which showed the liquor store crime scene.

Prosecutors say the three people submitted false claims to collect unemployment in his name, splitting the proceeds between themselves, Garcia and members of his Rivera 13 gang.

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