- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - An accountant from Livingston has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a scheme that defrauded the state of $700,000 for false unemployment benefits.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said that 49-year-old Todd Halpern led a scheme with 12 others. The group stole $694,606 through 36 false unemployment claims after using identities stolen from clients.

Hoffman says Halpern used the money for New York Giants season tickets, jewelry and high-end vehicles. That included a classic 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

Halpern pleaded guilty last month to first-degree money laundering and second-degree theft by deception.

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