Woman pleads no contest to unemployment insurance fraud

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence woman will spend three years on probation, after pleading no contest to charges of unemployment fraud.

The Attorney General’s office said Janine Garrett, 44, collected unemployment benefits for more than a year, even though she had a job. According to prosecutors, Garrett would call the Department of Labor and Training’s Teleserve voice response system every week to authorize her payments.

Prosecutors said Garrett ultimately collected more than $7,000 in unemployment insurance. The Attorney General’s office said the judge ordered Garrett to pay back all the money. She’ll have to make monthly payments of at least $210 dollars.

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