MA Man Indicted for Allegedly Collecting Over $17,000 in Unemployment Benefits While Working

Boston, MA (CompNewsNetwork) - A Boxborough Man was indicted last week for allegedly collecting over $17,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work. Siavash Zangani, age 48, was charged with Unemployment Fraud (43 counts), and Larceny Over $250 (2 counts) on Thursday March 26, 2009.

According to authorities, Zangani applied for unemployment benefits from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Unemployment Assistance (EOLWDDUA) in September 2005 after being separated from his employer and began receiving benefits from February 2006 through August 2006.  During this time, Zangani was allegedly working full-time for two different software companies at different times and failed to disclose his employment to EOLWDDUA.  Authorities also allege Zangani accepted an additional 17 weeks of benefits from November 2007 through March 2008 while working for a technology company and failed to disclose his employment to EOLWDDUA for that period of time.

Authorities allege Zangani notified the EOLWDDUA that he was not working during both these periods, but that he was able to work and was available for work.  The alleged fraudulent activities were initially detected by investigators from the EOLWDDUA. Authorities allege Zangani collected fraudulent benefits totaling $17,250 while working and collecting.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Zangani on Thursday March 26, 2009. Zangani is scheduled to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on April 7.

Assistant Attorney General Marina Moriarty of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division is prosecuting this case with assistance from Investigator Pepper Daigler of the Attorney General's Office and Mark St. Onge of EOLWDDUA.

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