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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.

Philadelphia Woman Charged with Money Laundering and Stealing Federal Funds

January 14, 2022

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Myrna Ortiz, 43, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged in a 32-count Indictment in connection with a conspiracy to steal and conceal the origin of fraudulently obtained Social Security benefits and COVID-19 PUA unemployment benefits. The Indictment charges Ortiz with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and 31 counts of theft of government funds. She made her initial appearance in federal court on these charges earlier today.

Read More: Philadelphia Woman Charged

Luzerne County Woman Sentenced for Methamphetamine Trafficking and Pandemic Fraud Offenses

January 6, 2022

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Christina Covey, age 34, formerly of Drums, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by United States District Judge Malachy E. Mannion, to 48 months’ imprisonment for methamphetamine trafficking, and 15 months’ imprisonment for committing pandemic unemployment fraud, five months of which is to run consecutive to the methamphetamine trafficking sentence.

Read More: Luzerne Woman Sentenced








Chester County Man Sentenced to 1.5 Years in Prison for Stealing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Funds

December 2, 2021

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Jacob Fulton,
33, of Coatesville, PA, was sentenced to one year and six months in prison, five years of supervised
release, and ordered to pay full restitution by United States District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno for
falsely claiming and taking approximately $32,000 in pandemic unemployment compensation
authorized by the CARES Act.

Read More: Chester County Man Sentenced

Lebanon County Man Pleads Guilty To Fraudulently Obtaining Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

December 1, 2021

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on November 30, 2021, Luis Mercado, age 44, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, pled guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo, to wire fraud for fraudulently claiming pandemic unemployment assistance funds.

Read More: Lebanon County Man Pleads Guilty







Two Federal Inmates Charged with Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Fraud

September 22, 2021

SCRANTON -  The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Christina Covey, age 34, formerly of Drums, Pennsylvania, and Fredy Mendoza, age 33, formerly of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, were charged yesterday by a federal grand jury with fraudulently obtaining pandemic unemployment benefits between July and October 2020.

Read More: Two Federal Inmates Charged

Social Security Employee Charged With Pandemic Fraud Scheme

August 13, 2021

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Takiyah Gordon Austin, age 46, of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, was charged in a 29-count Indictment on July 20, 2021, conducting a scheme to fraudulently obtain unemployment benefits related to COVID-19 emergency relief funds. The case was unsealed on August 12, 2021, following Austin's initial appearance.

Read More: Social Security Employee Charged










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