Unemployment Fraud Abounds

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Is anyone else tired of hearing about how people continue to try and steal money from others? Did no one go to elementary school in this country? Treat others the way you’d like to be treated, people! According to The Patriot Ledger, two individuals from Boston who face charges for unemployment fraud are among those who seem to have forgotten the golden rule. Three other individuals also face charges.

One of the two is charged with 59 counts of unemployment fraud and larceny over $250. He is accused of collecting benefits totaling $35,105. During the time period in which he was collecting unemployment, he also made $34,477 at his job. (I understand. It’s confusing. The word ‘unemployment’ looks a whole lot like ’employment’.) The second defendant is charged with 49 counts of fraud and allegedly collected $18,342 in benefits while she earned $35,521 at her job.

According to Attorney General Martha Coakley, ”We allege these defendants collected unemployment benefits while continuing to work in violation of the law. Unemployment fraud puts a strain on the system and the detection, investigation, and prosecution of these crimes are important to deter fraud and return these funds back to the Commonwealth.” (I couldn’t agree more. Go Martha!)

Unemployment fraud can be difficult to detect, which is why our government agencies need to step up their game to outfox potential fraudsters. So, here’s the question for the day: is your jurisdiction losing money as a result of unemployment fraud?

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on the article ”AG Charges Brockton, Randolph Residents with Unemployment Fraud” published by The Patriot Ledger on June 8, 2012.

BOSTON —A Brockton man and a Randolph woman are among five people facing charges they scammed the unemployment system of more than $117,000 even though they had jobs.

A Suffolk County grand jury returned indictments Thursday against Gary Alvarado, 28, of Brockton; Zelda Williams, 52, of Randolph; Robert Reynolds, 42, of Hudson, N.H.; and Justin Otting, 31, of South Berwick, Maine. They will be arraigned July 10.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.