Dorchester Man Indicted for Fraudulently Obtaining $28K in Unemployment Benefits While Working

(Source: Attorney General Martha Coakley) – BOSTON – A Dorchester man has pleaded guilty to charges he fraudulently collected more than $28,000 in unemployment benefits while continuing to work, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

“The detection, investigation, and prosecution of these crimes are paramount in bringing these funds back to the Commonwealth,” AG Coakley said.

Richard Dorsey, 49, pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to charges of Unemployment Fraud (51 counts) and Larceny Over $250. After the plea was entered Judge Janet L. Sanders sentenced Dorsey to three years probation and ordered him to pay more than $28,000 in restitution.

Dorsey applied for and received unemployment benefits from Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s Department of Unemployment Assistance (EOLWD\DUA) between December 2008 and December 2009. During part of that time, Dorsey worked full time and failed to disclose his employment status to EOLWD\DUA.

For each of the 51 weeks that Dorsey fraudulently collected unemployment benefits he notified the EOLWD\DUA that he was not working, but that he was able to work and was available for work. Dorsey collected fraudulent benefits totaling more than $28,000 while working and collecting. During the time of the fraud, Dorsey earned approximately $34,000 from his employment.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Dorsey on September 20, 2012. Dorsey was arraigned on October 29, 2012 in Suffolk Superior Court where he pleaded not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. Dorsey pleaded guilty on January 28 and was ordered to pay restitution.

AG Coakley’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division works to protect consumers and the integrity of the insurance system by investigating and prosecuting those who commit fraud against all types of insurers, including the Commonwealth’s unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation system. The prosecution of insurance fraud helps prevent the increase in premiums and taxes that are the result of fraudulent insurance claims. In 2012, the IUFD obtained more than $1,647,000 in restitution orders in 32 matters.

To report unemployment fraud to the EOLWD\DUA, call the agency’s toll free fraud hotline at (800) 354-9927 anytime, 24 hours a day.  Callers may remain anonymous.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Peter Downing of AG Coakley’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division with assistance from investigator Christopher Gabriel of the Attorney General’s Office and investigator Mark St. Onge from EOLWD\DUA.

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