For Immediate Release - August 11, 2009

Rhode Island Man Arraigned for Allegedly Collecting Over $18,000 in Unemployment Benefits While Working

BOSTON - Today, a Rhode Island man was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on charges he schemed to collect over $18,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work. Christian Waldron, age 38, of Providence, was charged with Unemployment Fraud (29 counts), and Larceny Over $250.

According to authorities, Waldron applied for unemployment benefits from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Unemployment Assistance (EOLWD\DUA) in July 2007 while separated from his Massachusetts employer and began receiving benefits from July 2007 through February 2008. During part of this time, Waldron was allegedly working full-time at an asset management company and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA.

For each of the 29 weeks that Waldron collected unemployment benefits from July 2007 through February 2008, 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 Waldron collected fraudulent benefits totaling $18,500 while working and collecting. During the relevant time period, Waldron allegedly earned approximately $56,634.83.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Waldron on June 8, 2009. Today, Waldron was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court at which time he entered a plea of not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Waldron is due back in court October 6, 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.

Assistant Attorney General Audrey Cosgrove of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division is prosecuting this case with assistance from investigator Luke Goldworm of the Attorney General's Office and Mark St. Onge of EOLWD\DUA.