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For Immediate Release:  
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October 17, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Vaughn L. McKoy, Director

 

Rachel Sacharow
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Division of Criminal Justice Charges Three Individuals with Illegally Collecting More than $21,700 in Unemployment Benefits

>> See Related Indictmens below

TRENTON – Division of Criminal Justice Director Vaughn L. McKoy announced that the Major Financial Crimes Bureau has charged three individuals with illegally collecting more than $21,700 in Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. The prosecutions result from a cooperative investigative effort by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DLWD) and the Division of Criminal Justice.

According to Director McKoy, the Division of Criminal Justice - Major Financial Crimes Bureau obtained separate State Grand Jury indictments charging three people with theft by deception and unsworn falsification to authorities for bilking the New Jersey UI benefits program out of more than $21,700.

"The Division of Criminal Justice and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development have established investigative protocols which target deliberate and blatant attempts by individuals who attempt to steal thousands of dollars from the state unemployment fund," said Criminal Justice Director McKoy. “Make no mistake, we intend to investigate, prosecute, recoup and return dollars stolen from our unemployment compensation programs."

"The Department of Labor and Workforce Development uses a variety of methods to track those who would abuse the system and fraudulently obtain benefits," said Unemployment Insurance Director David Socolow. "These cases were first identified by DLWD investigators by cross-matching employer-submitted wage information against UI benefit payments; pursuing leads from employer protests of UI benefit charges; surveying employer payroll records; and responding to alerts from the staff of our local claims offices."

A State Grand Jury indictment charged Roy Raimer, Jr., 48, Village Place, Winston-Salem, NC, formerly of Sussex Place, Galloway Township, Atlantic County, with two counts of theft by deception and one count of unsworn falsification. Raimer filed two separate UI benefits claims, one in August 2000 and the second in August 2001. According to the indictment, Raimer bilked the UI benefits program out of more than $8,700 by not reporting to the DLWD that he was earning wages as a bus driver for Safety Bus Service, Corp. in Pennsauken, Camden County, while he was collecting on the claims. >> Read Raimer Indictment pdf plug-in

A second indictment charged Evangeline Rosado, 40, Ashley Avenue, Lakewood, Ocean County with theft by deception and unsworn falsification. The indictment alleges that Rosado stole more than $7,600 in UI benefits. An investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice determined that after Rosado filed a UI benefits claim in August 2000, she was employed as a Form and Fill Operator by West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., located in Lakewood, yet failed to notify DLWD of her employment. >> Read Rosado Indictment pdf plug-in

A third State Grand Jury indictment filed by the Division of Criminal Justice charged Andrew Harris, 41, Berkshire Drive, Souderton, PA, with theft by deception and unsworn falsification. Harris filed a claim for UI benefits in April 2000. According to the indictment, he subsequently began working as a mortgage processor for Old Kent Mortgage Co., d/b/a East Coast Funding, in Horsham, PA. By not notifying DLWD of his employment, Harris allegedly collected more than $5,400 in UI benefits to which he was not entitled. >> Read Harris Indictment pdf plug-in

Deputy Attorney General Edward Werner presented the Rosado case and DAG Candy Cure presented the Harris and Raimer cases to the State Grand Jury. Rosado’s case has been referred to Ocean County, Harris’s case to Mercer and Raimer’s case will be venued in Atlantic County.

Theft by deception is a third-degree crime which carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000, while unsworn falsification to authorities is a fourth-degree crime which calls for up to 18 months in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

A copy of this release and the related indictments can be found at www.njdcj.org.

The indictments, which were handed up by the Division of Criminal Justice on Oct. 6, are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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