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Lear Workers' Layoff Scheme Foiled
According to UIA Director Sharon Bommarito, all 40 workers collected unemployment benefits while working fulltime at one of Lear’s
The UIA became aware of the scheme through a call to its fraud hotline.
Convicted of defrauding the state’s UI program of $5,000 or more were Sylvester Banks, Linda Couturier, Vera Crawford, Desiree Howard, Tena McAllister, Ellen Marie Rodriguez, Julia Sanders, Michael Thompson, and Angela Torres, all of
The 11 fraudulently collected between $5,405 and $16,523 each in state jobless benefits. All have to repay the benefits they received and face fines, court costs and community service. The agency has received some $3,400 in restitution to date.
The 29 other cases involved smaller amounts of money ranging from $181 to $4,433. In total, these workers drew more than $70,000 in unemployment benefits.
“Maintaining the integrity of