Former DLT employee pleads to unemployment insurance fraud for a second time

PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – Ruth Rosa-Rios, age 46, of Woonsocket, pleaded no contest in Providence Superior Court on Thursday to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses for collecting more than $2,000 in unemployment insurance benefits while she was employed.

Under the terms of the plea, Rosa-Rios was sentenced to nine months to serve at the ACI, eight years suspended with probation, and ordered to pay $2,090 in restitution.

Prosecutors say between October 17, 2015 and December 26, 2015, Rosa-Rios failed to adequately report her weekly earnings to the Department of Labor and Training.

While she collected unemployment insurance benefits, Rosa- Rios was working for Capstan Atlantic Corp., in Wrentham, MA.

This is not the first time Rosa-Rios has been charged with obtaining money under false pretenses from the DLT.

In 2014, she pleaded no contest to accessing a computer for fraudulent purposes, obtaining money under false pretense, and conspiracy.

At the time she committed the crimes, Rosa-Rios had been working as a Benefits Claim Specialist for the DLT and was responsible for making decisions regarding unemployment insurance benefit applications.

On numerous occasions between the dates of April 1, 2011 and September 30, 2011, Rosa-Rios accessed her work computer and the computers of her colleagues to fraudulently authorize weekly unemployment insurance benefits to be paid to her husband and co-conspirator Jose D. Rios, which he was not entitled to receive.

At the time of her plea, Rosa-Rios was sentenced to 10 years, with one year to serve on home confinement and the remainder suspended with probation, and was ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $25,472.

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