Massachusetts Man Indicted For Allegedly Collecting Nearly
$12,000 In Unemployment Benefits While Working
(CompNewsNetwork) - A Taunton, Massachusetts man was indicted on charges that he schemed to
collect nearly $12,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work. Clarence
Lee, age 44, was charged with Unemployment Fraud (23 counts) and Larceny Over $250.
According to authorities, Lee applied for unemployment benefits from the Massachusetts
Department of Workforce Development's Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) in March
2006, while separated from his employer, and began receiving benefits from March 2006
through October 2006. During part of this time, Lee was allegedly working full-time
at Monroe Muffler Brake, Inc., and failed to disclose his employment status to
For each of the 23 weeks that Lee collected unemployment benefits from May 2006 through
October 2006, he notified the DUA that he was not working, but that he was able to work and
was available for work. The alleged fraudulent activities were initially detected by
investigators from the DUA. Authorities allege Lee collected fraudulent payments
totaling $11,920 while working and collecting.
Today, a Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Lee. Lee is
scheduled to be arraigned on October 15, 2008, in Suffolk Superior Court.
To report unemployment fraud to the DUA, call the agency's toll free fraud hotline at
1-800-354-9927 anytime, 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous.
Assistant Attorney General Jeremy Eisemann of Attorney General Martha Coakley's
Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division prosecuted this case with assistance from
investigators Pepper Daigler of the Attorney General's Office and Mark St. Onge of
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