For Immediate Release - April 04, 2011

Nine Charged for Allegedly Collecting More Than $163,000 in Unemployment Benefits While Working

Defendants from throughout the Commonwealth charged for multiple violations

BOSTON - Nine individuals have been separately charged in the month of March in connection with collecting over $163,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced. The cases are the result of investigations referred to the Attorney General's Office by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Unemployment Assistance (EOLWD\DUA). The prosecution of the nine defendants extends throughout the Commonwealth.

"The unlawful collection of unemployment benefits is a drain on taxpayer funds and also from the people who are rightfully deserving of benefits," AG Coakley said. "Unemployment fraud is not limited to a geographic area or profession and those who commit fraud will be held accountable. The detection, investigation, and prosecution of these crimes are paramount in bringing these funds back to the Commonwealth."

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against the following four defendants on March 31, 2011:

DANIEL BRITT
Daniel Britt, age 42, of Springfield, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (35 counts) and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities, Britt applied for and received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA between December 2008 and August 2009. During the relevant time periods, Britt was allegedly working full time and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 35 weeks that Britt fraudulently collected unemployment benefits he allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that he was not working, but that he was able to work and was available for work. Authorities allege Britt collected fraudulent benefits totaling $21,422 while working and collecting.

ALICIA SULLIVAN
Alicia Sullivan, age 31, of Swampscott, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (51 counts) and Larceny Over $250 (3 counts). According to authorities, Sullivan applied for and received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA on three separate occasions between May 2005 and February 2009. During the relevant time periods, Sullivan was allegedly working full time for four different employers and failed to disclose her employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 51 weeks that Sullivan collected unemployment benefits she allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that she was not working, but that she was able to work and was available for work. Authorities allege Sullivan collected fraudulent benefits totaling $17,008 while working and collecting.

ROBERT HURTUBISE
Robert Hurtubise, age 49, of Ashburnham, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (47 counts) and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities, Hurtubise applied for and received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA on two separate occasions between January 2008 and October 2009. During the relevant time periods, Hurtubise was allegedly working for full time for the same employer and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 47 weeks that Hurtubise collected unemployment benefits between he allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that he was not working, but that he was able to work and was available for work. Authorities allege Hurtubise collected fraudulent benefits totaling $27,980 while working and collecting.

MICHAEL CHIANCA
Michael Chianca, age 36, of East Boston, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (40 counts), Larceny Over $250 (3 counts), and Workers' Compensation Fraud. According to authorities, Chianca applied for and received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA on two separate occasions between June 2006 and September 2008. During the relevant time period Chianca was allegedly working full time for seven separate employers and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA. Authorities further allege that for 17 weeks Chianca was receiving workers compensation benefits while collecting unemployment benefits and working. For each of the 40 weeks that Chianca collected unemployment benefits he allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that he was not working, that he was able to work and was available for work. Authorities allege Chianca fraudulently collected unemployment benefits totaling $21,100 while working and collecting. Authorities further allege that Chianca fraudulently collected $4,881.12 in workers' compensation benefits. This case was referred to the Attorney General's from the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Britt, Sullivan, Hurtubise, and Chianca on March 31, 2011. The defendants are scheduled for arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court on April 14, 2011.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against the following three defendants on March 3, 2011:

ERIC ANDERSON
Eric Anderson, age 37, of Quincy, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (48 counts) and Larceny Over $250 (3 counts). According to authorities, Anderson received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA between October 2006 and April 2008. During the relevant time periods, Anderson was allegedly working full time for three different employers and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 48 weeks that Anderson collected unemployment he allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that he was not working, but that he was able to work and was available for work. Authorities allege Anderson collected fraudulent benefits totaling $25,178 while working and collecting.

MANUEL MORALES
Manuel Morales, age 51, of Southbridge, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (42 counts) and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities, Morales received unemployment benefits from the (EOLWD\DUA) between December 2008 and September 2009 while separated from his employer. During the relevant time period, Morales was allegedly working full time and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 42 weeks that Morales collected unemployment benefits he allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that he was not working, but that he was able to work and was available for work. Authorities allege Morales collected fraudulent benefits totaling $14,845 while working and collecting.

DEIRDRE JORDAN
Deirdre Jordan, age 44, of Dedham, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (39 counts) and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities, Jordan received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA between February 2009 and November 2009. During the relevant time periods, Jordan was allegedly working for full and failed to disclose her employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 39 weeks that Jordan collected unemployment benefits she allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that she was not working, but that she was able to work and was available for work. Authorities allege Jordan collected fraudulent benefits totaling $18,631 while working and collecting.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Anderson, Morales, and Jordan on March 3, 2011. Anderson and Morales were arraigned on March 22, 2011, at which time they entered individual pleas of not guilty and were released on personal recognizance. Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson presided over the arraignments. Anderson and Morales are due back in court on May 5, 2011 for a pre-trial conference. Jordan will be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court at a later date.

The following two defendants were arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on March 22 and March 31, 2011:

JAMES RICHARDSON
James Richardson, age 49, of Winthrop, was charged with Unemployment Fraud (20 counts) and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities, Richardson applied for and received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA between February 2006 and July 2006. During the relevant time period, Richardson was allegedly collecting workers' compensation benefits from his former employer and failed to disclose his collection status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 20 weeks that Richardson collected unemployment benefits he allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that he was not working, but that he was able to work and was available for work. Authorities allege Richardson collected fraudulent benefits totaling $4,383 while receiving workers' compensation benefits. Richardson was arraigned on March 22, 2011, in Boston Municipal Court at which time he entered a plea of not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Richardson is due back in court on June 6, 2011, for a pre-trial hearing. Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond G. Dougan, Jr. presided over the arraignment.

KIMBERLY CHAMBERLAIN
Kimberly Chamberlain, age 37, of Gloucester, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (18 counts) and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities, Chamberlain applied for and received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA between May 2009 and September 2009. During the relevant time period, Chamberlain was allegedly working full time and failed to disclose her employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 18 weeks that Chamberlain fraudulently collected unemployment benefits she allegedly notified the EOLWD\DUA that she was not working, but that she was able to work and was available for work. Authorities allege Chamberlain collected fraudulent benefits totaling $12,600 while working and collecting. Chamberlain was arraigned on March 31, 2011, in Boston Municipal Court at which time she entered a plea of not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Chamberlain is due back in court on June 28, 2011, for a pre-trial hearing. Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond G. Dougan, Jr. presided over the arraignment.

AG 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 2010, the Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division obtained over $800,000 in restitution orders in 28 matters.

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 cases are being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Audrey Cosgrove, Jennifer Cotter, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Jessica Massey, Brendan O'Shea, Joshua Pakstis, and Michael J. Walsh of AG Coakley's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division with assistance from investigators Rose Bagalawis and Tracy Wetterlow of the Attorney General's Office and investigator Mark St. Onge from EOLWD\DUA.

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