Conn. man to pay $38k after unemployment fraud plea

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Putnam, Conn., man must pay $38,287 in restitution after he pleaded no contest to a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses, according to the office of Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

Jason H. Hadley, 35, entered a plea of no contest Wednesday at Providence Superior Court.

Kilmartin’s office said Hadley was charged with collecting more than $38,000 in unemployment insurance benefits from Rhode Island while he was actually employed by a Providence construction company.

Hadley was sentenced to seven years in prison, but the sentence was suspended with probation, in addition to paying back the money.

Kilmartin’s office said the State was prepared to prove that Hadley failed to report his weekly earnings to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training for five years, between December 2008 and July 2013. He kept calling in to the DLT’s phone system to get unemployment benefits.

Hadley was one of 18 people arrested in October 2014 by the Rhode Island State Police for unemployment insurance benefit fraud, Kilmartin’s office said. The restitution was the largest amount ordered since the A.G.’s office and DLT started a partnership to tackle benefits fraud.

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