For Immediate Release - February 18, 2010

Attorney General Martha Coakley Announces the Indictment of a California Man for Allegedly Collecting More Than $13,000 in Unemployment Benefits While Working

BOSTON - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley announces the indictment of a California man on charges he schemed to collect over $13,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work. Michael Healy, age 49, formerly of Lowell, MA, was charged with Unemployment Fraud (18 counts), and Larceny Over $250.

According to authorities, Healy 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 employer and began receiving benefits from July 2007 through February 2008. During part of this time, Healy was allegedly working full-time at a computer software and hardware systems company and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA.

For each of the 18 weeks that Healy collected unemployment benefits between October 2007 and February 2008, he allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that he was not working, and 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 Healy collected fraudulent benefits totaling $13,500 while working and collecting. During the relevant time period, Healy allegedly earned over $25,000 from his place of employment.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Healy today. Healy is scheduled to be arraigned on March 12, 2010, 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.

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 Scott Gisetto of the Attorney General's Office and investigator Mark St. Onge from EOLWD\DUA.