Weymouth Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing More than $40,000 in Unemployment Benefits While in Jail
BOSTON – A Weymouth man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in connection with a scheme to fraudulently collect more than $40,000 in unemployment benefits while in jail, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Colin Glynn, 45, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court to charges of Unemployment Fraud (64 counts) and Larceny Over $250. After the plea was entered, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Peter Krupp sentenced him to two years in the House of Correction, suspended for a probationary period of three years. Glynn was also ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $28,496 and complete 200 hours of community service.
“This defendant defrauded the system and illegally collected benefits while behind bars,” AG Healey said. “Our office will continue to hold accountable those who attempt to undermine the integrity of this program and will aggressively pursue these cases in order deter fraud and return stolen funds back to the state.”
Glynn conspired to steal tens of thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits during his incarceration between May 2011 and September 2012. The scheme was initially investigated by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s Department of Unemployment Assistance (EOLWD\DUA) and referred to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution following an anonymous tip.
“We are vigilant and determined to protect the Trust Fund, so it is available for legitimate claimants,” said Director of Unemployment Assistance Robert Cunningham. “I appreciate the ongoing work of my staff, and the collaboration with the staff of the Attorney General in bringing these criminals to justice.”
Glynn applied for and began receiving unemployment benefits from EOLWD\DUA in December 2010 after being separated from his employer. In May 2011, Glynn was incarcerated on unrelated charges. During his incarceration, Glynn, or someone acting on his behalf, falsely certified his unemployment claims notifying EOLWD\DUA that he was not working but that he was able and available for work.
As a result of this scheme, Glynn fraudulently collected unemployment benefits totaling more than $40,000 over 64 weeks.
A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Glynn in March and he was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court in April. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Thursday.
The Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides temporary assistance to unemployed workers through the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, which is funded by employer contributions. Private employers are required to pay quarterly contributions into the trust fund based on the number of workers they employ and how often their workers have accessed UI benefits, among other factors.
DUA’s Program Integrity Department focuses on the prevention, detection and the investigation of those who defraud or attempt to defraud the unemployment insurance program. Once fraud is detected, the Program Integrity Department works aggressively with the Attorney General’s Office and other agencies to recover money owed to the UI Trust Fund.
AG Healey’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 systems.
This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Joshua Pakstis of AG Healey’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division with the assistance of investigator John Keating of the Attorney General’s Office and Kendrick Raine of EOLWD\DUA.