- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - State prosecutors say four northern New Jersey men conspired to steal more than $180,000 by filing false unemployment claims.

The scheme allegedly was developed by 53-year-old Paramus resident Stephen Pirrone, who authorities say recruited the three other suspects - 37-year-old Wilfredo Sanchez and 38-year-old Jose Flores, both of Newark, and 36-year-old Andre Brown of Woodland Park.

Prosecutors say the men’s claims were flagged because they used the same defunct employers and other common elements. The defunct businesses were a trucking company Pirrone used to operate and a bankrupt trucking company from which he once rented office and terminal space.

The charges against the men were included in a state grand jury indictment handed up Thursday. It was made public on Tuesday.

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