- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - A Pawtucket man has pleaded no contest to a charge of collecting unemployment benefits when he had a job.

The attorney general’s office says 41-year-old Rocco Barone was sentenced Monday to 10 years of probation and ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to the state.

He was charged with obtaining money under false pretenses.

Prosecutors say between January 2011 and June 2013, Barone failed to accurately report his weekly earnings to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training. While Barone was collecting unemployment benefits, he was working at a Cranston country club in Cranston.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says unemployment benefits are a crucial safety net and must be preserved for those who truly need it.

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