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​Fraud Stoppers in PA

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry takes unemployment fraud seriously and is committed to monitoring, identifying, and stopping fraudsters in their tracks. L&I utilizes numerous fraud-detection measures and works with the National Unemployment Insurance Fraud Task Force and other partners, including the FBI, Homeland Security and additional law enforcement agencies, the PA Treasury, and the state attorney general's office, to identify and block new fraud methods and stop fraud attempts.

If you are a victim of unemployment fraud, have received benefits in your name that you did not apply for, or know of anyone receiving unemployment benefits illegally, please visit our Report Fraud page to get started.

To access L&I press releases, please access the Labor & Industry Newsroom.

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Michigan Man Pleads Guilty in Pandemic Fraud Scheme

May 30, 2023

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Michigan pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of mail fraud and identity theft, Acting United States Attorney Troy Rivetti announced. 

Milton Barth Reed, age 32, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon on May 26, 2023.

Read More: Michigan Man Pleads Guilty

Two Allentown Residents Charged in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) Scheme, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Fraud, and Aggravated Identity Theft Conspiracy

May 26, 2023

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Jose Baez and Jessenia Cordero, a married couple, both of Allentown, PA, were charged by way of complaint with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States with respect to certain claims, conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to commit mail fraud, all stemming from Baez and Cordero filing fraudulent tax returns and PUA applications with stolen identities.

Read More: Allentown Residents Charged

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Wayne County Man Charged With Committing $1.5 Million In Covid19 Pandemic Fraud

May 19, 2023

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Christopher J. Miller, age 35, formerly of Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, was charged in an indictment with 54 combined counts of wire fraud, bank fraud false statements, identity theft, and unlawful monetary transactions.

Read More: Wayne County Man Charged

Department Of Labor Agent Pleads Guilty To Fraud Scheme

March 22, 2023

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Special Agent with the Department of Labor, Thomas Hartley, age 49, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on March 21, 2023, before U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, to the charge of mail fraud in connection with multiple schemes to commit fraud.

Read More: Agent Pleads Guilty To Fraud Scheme

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Postal Workers Agree to Repay Fraudulently Obtained Unemployment Assistance Benefits

January 6, 2023

PHILADELPHIA, PA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Jaire Chance, 27, of Philadelphia, has agreed to a consent judgment of $100,399, and Robert Day, 42, of Center Valley, Lehigh County, has agreed to a consent judgment of $110,610 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by improperly seeking Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits when they were employed by the United States Postal Service.

Read More: Postal Workers Agree to Repay Benefits

Six Philadelphia-Area Individuals Charged with Over One Million Dollars in COVID Fraud Scheme

October 25, 2022

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Wylene Johnson, 41, of Chester, PA; Cookie Bundy, 41, of Philadelphia, PA; Hakeem Cooper, 42, of Philadelphia, PA; Louis Barnett, 43, of Philadelphia, PA; Barry Mitchell, 33, of Philadelphia, PA; and Tameka Edmonds, 32, of Marcus Hook, PA; were charged with various Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) fraud-related offenses in two separate Indictments.

Read More: Philadelphia Individuals Charged


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