Seven U.S. Postal Service employees in New York were charged today for getting unemployment insurance benefits while working, the state Department of Labor said.
The arrests are part of a larger investigation into more than 60 people employed at the USPS in New York, state and federal officials said. In all, investigators said that mail workers collected more than $425,000 in unemployment while employed. More than 20 of the cases have been referred to the United States Attorney’s Office—Northern District.
“Unemployed New Yorkers and businesses are the real victims of scammers who take advantage of the unemployment insurance system,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “Fraud against our unemployment insurance system will not be tolerated. We will continue to put our efforts into preventing and investigating instances of fraud against the system.”
Here’s the people who were charged:
Name Location Amount
Erin Gagnon, 37 Plattsburgh, NY $26,218
Clarence Reed, 46 Schenectady, NY $11,255
Nicole Martin, 41 Brooklyn, NY $5,396
Donnel Richardson, 30 Brooklyn, NY $9,007
Kelly Williams, 36 Nyack, NY $16,605
Angela Blazejewski, 35 Rocky Point, NY $11,542
John Congiusti, 31 Bronx, NY $8,896