LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal case targeting a $4.4 million unemployment benefits scam is celebrating another victory after two more Las Vegas men pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden says 33-year-old Eloy Garcia and 41-year-old Efrain (eh-frah-EEN’) Garcia pleaded guilty Thursday to helping hundreds of illegal immigrants obtain unemployment insurance in exchange for some or all of the benefits.

A third Las Vegas man, 41-year-old Francisco Garcia, also pleaded guilty in the case on Monday. A fourth defendant is set to enter a plea next week.

Authorities say the men submitted at least 591 unemployment claims.

Officials also say the men falsely told some of the illegal immigrants that their unemployment claims were not accepted, and then kept the benefits for themselves.

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