A Cumberland County man was indicted for allegedly stealing $96,437 in unemployment benefits, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced Feb. 16.
Brian Peyton of Vineland was indicted by a grand jury on Feb. 12 for allegedly filing unemployment insurance claims between July 2010 and January 2017 despite being employed.
A total of $96,437 in unemployment benefits were direct-deposited into his personal bank account, Grewal said.
The indictment of second degree theft by deception is the result of a cooperative investigation by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the U.S. Department of Labor-Office of Inspector General, and the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau.
If convicted, Peyton could face five to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
The state Labor Department routinely shares information with the Division of Criminal Justice in an effort to prevent such fraud. The DOL also uses various tools to prevent fraudulent payments from being made and to recover them when they do occur.
This partnership has saved taxpayers upwards of $2 billion since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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