MA Man Sentenced for Collecting Unemployment Benefits While Working

West Roxbury, MA (CompNewsNetwork) - A West Roxbury man pled guilty at arraignment in West Roxbury District Court to charges he schemed to collect over $8,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work.  Thomas Curran, age 47, pled guilty to charges of Unemployment Fraud (21 counts), and Larceny over $250.  Following the plea, West Roxbury District Court Judge Mary Ann Driscoll sentenced Curran to one year in the House of Correction, six months to serve with the balance suspended for three years.  Curran was also ordered to serve three years probation, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,885. 

Curran applied for unemployment benefits from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) on three separate occasions in February 2004, February 2005, and February 2006 while separated from his employer.  During part of this time, Curran was employed by 10 different companies on diverse dates from February 2004 through July 2004, March 2005 through November 2005, and April 2006, and failed to disclose his employment status to DUA. 

For each of the 21 weeks that Curran collected unemployment benefits, he notified the DUA that he was not working, but that he was able to work and was available for work.  The fraudulent activities were initially detected by investigators from the DUA.  Curran was paid unemployment benefits totaling $8,885 while working and collecting.

Curran was arraigned on February 11, 2009, in West Roxbury District Court on the charge of Larceny over $250 at which time he entered a plea of not guilty and was ordered held on $500 bail.  On February 19, 2009, Curran was arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on the charges of Unemployment Fraud at which time he entered a plea of guilty to all charges.  He was subsequently sentenced to serve in the House of Correction and ordered to pay restitution.     

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stephen Adams of Attorney General Martha Coakley's Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division with assistance from investigator Pepper Daigler of the Attorney General's Office and Mark St. Onge of DUA.

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