Providence man convicted of unemployment benefits fraud

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — According to the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office, 41-year-old Esteban Miliano pleaded no contest Wednesday at Providence Superior Court to two counts of obtaining money under false pretenses over $1,500 — for collecting more than $27,000 in unemployment insurance benefits while he was employed at Sitecon Corporation in Cranston.

Miliano was sentenced to seven years suspended with probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $27,681 to the State of Rhode Island.

“My Office, along with our partners at the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, continue to uncover, investigate, and prosecute individuals who defraud our unemployment benefits system,” said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. “Our efforts have paid off, with the Courts ordering hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution returned to the State. In addition, the increased attention on those who are prosecuted serves as a strong deterrent to anyone thinking they might be able to get away with collecting benefits while gainfully employed.”

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