Providence man collects $73,000 in unemployment insurance benefits, pleads guilty

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Derek O’Connor, 49, of Providence, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses and one count of fraudulent access to a computer for collecting $73,000 in unemployment benefits while working.

O’Connor was sentenced to serve 30 days in prison with seven years and 11 months probation.

O’Connor was also ordered to pay $73, 459 in restitution.

Between January 2009 and December 2013, O’Connor didn’t accurately report his earnings to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training when he called to authorize his weekly unemployment benefits.

While collecting benefits, he was working for the International Longshoreman’s Association Locals 1329 and 2001.

Between November 2013 and December 2013, O’Connor accessed a computer system to obtain money under false pretenses.

“This investigation was truly collaborative with both state and federal agencies working to uncover the defendant’s illegal actions, resulting in the largest unemployment fraud case we have successfully prosecuted,” said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. 

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