For Immediate Release - September 21, 2012

Five Charged for Allegedly Collecting More Than $107,000 in Unemployment Benefits While Working

BOSTON – Five individuals have been charged in connection with collecting a combined total of more than $107,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.  

The cases are the result of investigations referred to the Attorney General’s Office by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s Department of Unemployment Assistance (EOLWD\DUA). Authorities allege that during the time the defendants were collecting unemployment benefits they collectively earned more than $129,000 from their employment.

“We allege these defendants collected unemployment benefits while continuing to work in violation of the law,” AG Coakley said. “Unemployment fraud puts a strain on the system and the detection, investigation, and prosecution of these crimes are important to deter fraud and return these funds back to the Commonwealth.”

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against three defendants on Thursday. Two separate District Court complaints were taken out against the remaining defendants. 

The three defendants indicted Thursday are scheduled to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on October 25.  They are charged as follows:

RICHARD DORSEY
Richard Dorsey, 49, of Dorchester, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (51 counts) and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities, Dorsey applied for and received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA between December 2008 and December 2009. During part of that time, Dorsey allegedly worked full time and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 51 weeks that Dorsey 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 Dorsey collected fraudulent benefits totaling more than $29,000 while working and collecting. According to authorities, during the time of the alleged fraud, Dorsey earned approximately $34,000 from his employment.

MICHELLE FOY
Michelle Foy, 42, of Lynn, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (41 counts) and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities, Foy applied for and received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA between January 2010 and January 2011. During part of that time, Foy allegedly worked full time and failed to disclose her employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 41 weeks that Foy 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 Foy collected fraudulent benefits totaling nearly $25,000 while working and collecting. According to authorities, during the time of the alleged fraud, Foy earned nearly $25,000 through her employment.  

SHAHIDAH MUHAMMAD
Shahidah Muhammad, 44, of Everett, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (27 counts) and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities, Muhammad applied for and received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA between December 2008 and June 2009. During that time, Muhammad allegedly worked full time and failed to disclose her employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 27 weeks that Muhammad 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 Muhammad collected fraudulent benefits totaling more than $19,000 while working and collecting. According to authorities, during the time of the alleged fraud, Muhammad earned approximately $20,000 from her employment.  

Complaints were also taken out in Boston Municipal Court against two additional individuals on Thursday. Both are scheduled for arraignment in Boston Municipal Court on October 25. They are charged as follows: 

ANTOINE WARREN
Antoine Warren, 27, of Medford, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (26 counts) and Larceny Over $250. According to authorities, Warren applied for and received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA between December 2008 and June 2009. During part of that time Warren allegedly worked full time and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 26 weeks that Warren 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 Warren fraudulently collected unemployment benefits totaling more than $16,000 while working and collecting. According to authorities, during the time of the alleged fraud, Warren earned approximately $15,000 through his employment.  

THOMAS KINEAVY
Thomas Kineavy, 44, of Woburn, is charged with Unemployment Fraud (34 counts) and Larceny Over $250 (2 counts). According to authorities, Kineavy received unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA between June 2009 and October 2010. During that time Kineavy was allegedly working full time and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA. For each of the 34 weeks that Kineavy 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 Kineavy fraudulently collected unemployment benefits totaling more than $17,000 while working and collecting. According to authorities, during the time of the alleged fraud, Kineavy earned approximately $35,000 through his employment.

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 2011, the Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division obtained $5,578,934 in restitution orders in 33 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 Peter Downing, Joshua Pakstis, Stephen Adams, Gabriel Thornton, and Jennifer Adreani, of AG Coakley’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division with assistance from investigators Christopher Gabriel, Rose Bagalawis and Tracy Wetterlow of the Attorney General’s Office and investigator Mark St. Onge from EOLWD\DUA.

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