Mass. Man Gets Jail Time for Fraudulently Collecting Unemployment Benefits While Working

May 7, 2004

A Medway, Massachusetts man who reportedly filed claims to collect $19,600 in unemployment benefits while he was actually working as a car salesman has pleaded guilty, Attorney General Tom Reilly announced.

Beau Boyle, 41, of Medway, pleaded guilty to one count each of unemployment fraud by continuous scheme and larceny over $250. Wrentham District Court Judge Warren Powers sentenced Boyle to two years in the House of Correction with six months to serve and the remainder suspended for three years. Judge Powers also ordered that Boyle pay restitution of $19,602.

An investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s Office and the Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training (DET) revealed that Boyle used two Social Security numbers collaboratively to collect unemployment benefits while working as a car salesman in Fitchburg.

Between February 2002 and November 2002, Boyle filed numerous false certifications with the DET stating that he was unemployed and had collected $19,600 in unemployment benefits. The investigation found that during this period, Boyle continued to work as a car salesman.

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