MA Man's Guilty For Collecting Unemployment While Working

Boston, MA (CompNewsNetwork) - Today, a Malden man pled guilty to charges he schemed to collect over $10,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work.  David Pinkney, age 44, pled guilty to charges of Unemployment Fraud (29 counts) and Larceny over $250.  Following the change of plea, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Carol Ball sentenced Pinkney to three years probation and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $10,440.

Pinkney applied for unemployment benefits from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Unemployment Assistance (EOLWDDUA)in September 2005 while separated from his employer and began receiving benefits from September 2005 through May 2006.  During part of this time, Pinkney was working full-time as a mechanic in Lynnfield and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWDDUA.

For each of the 29 weeks that Pinkney collected unemployment benefits from October 2005 through May 2006, he notified the EOLWDDUA 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 EOLWDDUA.  Pinkney collected fraudulent payments totaling $10,440.

Indictments were returned against Pinkney on August 27, 2008.  On September 16, 2008, Pinkney was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court at which time he entered a plea of not guilty and was released on personal recognizance.  Today, Pinkney entered a change of plea in Suffolk Superior Court and was sentenced.

Assistant Attorney General Audrey Cosgrove 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 DUA.

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