2 men sentenced for unemployment fraud

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Two men have pleaded no contest to charges they defrauded the state of Rhode Island out of more than $14,000 in unemployment benefits.

Jonathan Flores, 27, of Pawtucket was sentenced to five years probation. Authorities say he collected $7,273 in unemployment benefits while he was working for ServePro in Providence. He has been ordered to pay restitution at a rate of $125 per month.

Robert Wright, 71, of Warwick was also sentenced to five years probation. Prosecutors say he collected $6,981 in unemployment benefits while working for a construction company in Portsmouth. Wright will pay restitution to the state at a rate of $120 per month.

“Nearly every month, my Office is successfully prosecuting another individual for defrauding our unemployment insurance system,” said Attorney General Kilmartin.  “The partnership between my Office, RI DLT and the Rhode Island State Police is an excellent example of state agencies working cooperatively to stop fraud and abuse in our social service programs.”

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