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24 arrested, charged with unemployment fraud

March 19, 2012

A Coventry man was one of 24 individuals that were arrested on March 13 by the Rhode Island State Police, with assistance from the United States Marshals Service and local police officers, on charges of obtaining money under false pretenses over $500.

According to a press release provided by the State Police, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Fraud Unit had detected that the individuals were giving false information to the Department of Labor and Training about being unemployed or reporting lower wages than they were receiving from an employer.

Because of this, the cases were given to the Rhode Island State Police Detective Bureau as a continuing effort by both departments to stop individuals involved in unemployment fraud.

Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police said that, “It’s unfortunate that individuals continue to abuse unemployment insurance. These services are intended for our citizens in need. The Rhode Island State Police and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, in a collaborative effort, will continue to aggressively and proactively seek out these offenders.”

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