For Immediate Release - July 30, 2009

Mattapan Man Indicted for Allegedly Collecting Over $11,000 in Unemployment Benefits While Working

BOSTON - Today, a Mattapan man was indicted on charges he schemed to collect over $11,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work. Pierre Jeannot, age 34, was charged with Unemployment Fraud (20 counts), and Larceny Over $250.

According to authorities, Jeannot applied for unemployment benefits from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Unemployment Assistance (EOLWD\DUA) in June 2007 while separated from his employer and began receiving benefits from June 2007 through December 2007. During this time, Jeannot was allegedly working full-time as a driver for a passenger transportation company and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA.

For each of the 20 weeks that Jeannot collected unemployment benefits from June 2007 through December 2007, he 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 Jeannot collected fraudulent benefits totaling $11,104 while working and collecting. During the relevant time period, Jeannot allegedly earned over $66,000 from his place of employment.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Jeannot today. Jeannot is scheduled to be arraigned on August 25, 2009, in Suffolk Superior Court.

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.

Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Cotter of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division is prosecuting this case with assistance from investigator Pepper Daigler of the Attorney General's Office and Mark St. Onge of EOLWD\DUA.