For Immediate Release - October 14, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley Announces the Arraignment of a Brockton Man for Allegedly Collecting More Than $12,000 in Unemployment Benefits While Working

BOSTON - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley announces the arraignment of a Brockton man on charges he schemed to collect over $12,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work. Rodrigue Raymond, age 44, was charged with Unemployment Fraud (26 counts), and Larceny Over $250.

According to authorities, Raymond applied for unemployment benefits from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Unemployment Assistance (EOLWD\DUA) in April 2007 while separated from his employer and began receiving benefits from May 2007 through November 2007. During part of this time, Raymond was allegedly working full-time as a mechanic in Newton, MA, and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA.

For each of the 26 weeks that Raymond collected unemployment benefits between May 2007 and November 2007, he allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that he was not working, but that he was able to work and was available for work. The alleged fraudulent activities were initially detected by investigators from the EOLWD\DUA. Authorities allege Raymond collected fraudulent benefits totaling $12,428 while working and collecting. During the relevant time period, Raymond allegedly earned over $19,000 from his place of employment.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Raymond on September 24, 2009. Today, Raymond was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court at which time she entered a plea of not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Raymond is due back in court on November 23, 2009, for a pre-trial conference. Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson presided over the arraignment.

To report unemployment fraud to the EOLWD\DUA, call the agency's toll free fraud hotline at 1-800-354-9927 anytime, 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant Attorney General Michael J. Walsh of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division with assistance from investigator Luke Goldworm of the Attorney General's Office and investigator Mark St. Onge from EOLWD\DUA.


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