For Immediate Release - April 14, 2010

Chicopee Woman Arraigned for Allegedly Collecting More Than $15,000 in Unemployment Benefits While Working

BOSTON - Today, a Chicopee woman was arraigned on charges she schemed to collect over $15,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced. Felicia Moseley, age 33, was charged with Unemployment Fraud (30 counts), and Larceny Over $250.

According to authorities, Moseley 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 her employer and began receiving benefits from April 2007 through November 2007. During part of this time, Moseley was allegedly working full-time at a medical facility and failed to disclose her employment status to EOLWD\DUA.

For each of the 30 weeks that Moseley collected unemployment benefits between April 2007 and November 2007, she allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that she was not working, and that she was able to work and was available for work. The alleged fraudulent activities were initially detected by investigators from the EOLWD\DUA. Authorities allege Moseley collected fraudulent benefits totaling $15,750 while working and collecting. During the relevant time period, Moseley allegedly earned over $17,000 from her place of employment.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Moseley on March 11, 2010. Moseley was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court at which time she entered a plea of not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Moseley is due back in court on May 17, 2010, 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.

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division works to protect consumers and the integrity of the insurance system by investigating and prosecuting those who commit fraud against all types of insurers, including the Commonwealth's unemployment insurance and workers' compensation system. The prosecution of insurance fraud helps prevent the increase in premiums and taxes that are the result of fraudulent insurance claims. In Fiscal Year 2009, the Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division obtained over $2.6 million in restitution orders in 103 matters.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Cotter 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.