- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) - New York authorities say a crackdown on unemployment fraud has led to the arrest of 25 people in Rockland County.

District Attorney Thomas Zugibe says the defendants lived in the Dominican Republic during most of the five-year period but collected $160,000 in state unemployment without seeking work.

Authorities said Thursday the defendants had other people file for the unemployment benefits on their behalf or they filed for benefits over the Internet or by telephone.

They are accused of collecting from $1,400 to $22,000 each.

The defendants all face felony charges of grand larceny.



Zugibe (https://lohud.us/1KIxTc5 ) tells the Journal News that one way to fight such fraud was to make sure all online applications originate from an IP address within New York state.

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Information from: The Journal News, https://www.lohud.com

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