- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

PROVIDENCE (AP) - Rhode Island prosecutors say three people have pleaded no contest to charges of unemployment insurance fraud totaling nearly $60,000.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says 58-year-old Susan Brown, an employee of a health care company in Warren, was sentenced to seven years of probation and ordered to pay restitution after entering a plea in Superior Court on Tuesday to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses. Brown was accused of fraudulently collecting $14,000 in unemployment benefits.

Earlier this week, Kilmartin says 53-year-old Richard Rainville, of Woonsocket, was sentenced to five months of probation for fraudulently collecting $18,000 in benefits, while 56-year-old David Donahue of East Providence was sentenced to 10 months of probation in connection with $26,000 benefits he received.

Kilmartin says he’s committed to aggressively prosecuting anyone who steals from the unemployment system.

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