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West Haverstraw man charged with unemployment fraud

NEW CITY – A West Haverstraw is accused of collecting over $12,000 in benefits over four years to which he was not entitled.

Elidio Garcia, 48, is charged with grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing, both as felonies. 

In the early morning hours of August 9, authorities arrested Garcia at his place of employment. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.  If convicted he faces up to seven years in state prison.

“Those who falsely apply for and receive unemployment insurance benefits cheat legitimately unemployed workers and increase the insurance rates paid by employers,” said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe.

“There are many Americans who may fall on hard times and use unemployment benefits to get back on their feet,” said Angel Melendez, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations New York. “Garcia allegedly took advantage of the very system meant to help people.”

 


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