5 accused of defrauding Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program

AND LOAD. ARRESTED FEIV PEOPLE WEER FROM NEW JERSEY, DELAWARE AND GEORGIA STATE ATTORNEY. THE GENERAL’S OFFICE SAYS ALL FIVE OF THEM ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO FILE FALSE CLAIMS FOR PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTNCTAE LOANS MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS POOL LOANS. ETH AG OFFICE SAYS THEY ARE PART OF A GROUP OF NINE PEOPLE WHO HAVE FILED A CLAIM FOR A TOTAL OF 925,000. 455,000 WAS REALLY PAID TO THE GROUP INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY MISREPRESENTED WORK FOR THE SAME TRUCKING COMPANY AND USED AN ADDRESS IN CHESTER, PA JUST OUTSIDE. PHILADELPHIA SO FAR, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE HAS CHARGED 44 PEOPLE INCLUDING 24 DETAINEES ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH OF SUBMITTING FALSE PUA CLAIMS LIKE THIS AMOUNTING TO MORE THAN FOUR MILLION DOLLARS. I am BR

5 people charged with defrauding Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program

Five people are charged with defrauding Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday. Lackey, 28, of Pennsville, NJAdrian Hambrick, 38, of Salem, NJShapiro said the suspects were part of a group of nine people who worked together to file false claims for unemployment benefits. The false claims resulted in $925,273 in alleged false unemployment claims. Shapiro said $455,513 was paid to the defendants. According to Shapiro, investigators have learned that some of the defendants claimed to have worked for the same trucking company and claimed their employment was terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prosecutors allege the individuals do not work for the company and have no record of employment in Pennsylvania. To date, the Attorney General’s Office has indicted 44 people, including 24 inmates and their accomplices, for submitting fraudulent PUA claims amounting to more than $4 million in fraudulent PUA funds.

Five people are charged with defrauding Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday.

The individuals arrested are:

  • Regine Ford, 26, from Newark, DE
  • John Rivers III, 35, of Loganville, Georgia
  • Jose Thomas, 43, of Sicklerville, NJ
  • Shammiere Lackey, 28, from Pennsville, NJ
  • Adrian Hambrick, 38, of Salem, NJ

Shapiro said the suspects were part of a group of nine people who worked together to file bogus jobless claims.

The false claims resulted in $925,273 in alleged false unemployment claims. Shapiro said $455,513 was paid to the defendants.

According to Shapiro, investigators have learned that some of the defendants claimed to have worked for the same trucking company and claimed their employment was terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prosecutors allege the individuals do not work for the company and have no record of employment in Pennsylvania.

To date, the Attorney General’s Office has indicted 44 people, including 24 inmates and their accomplices, for submitting fraudulent PUA claims amounting to more than $4 million in fraudulent PUA funds.

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