Two men have pleaded no contest to charges of illegally collecting unemployment insurance benefits, according to the office of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.
Adrian George, 44, with a last known address of 29 Randall St. in Cranston, and Roosevelt Bonilla, 43, with a last known address of 186 Clarence St. in Providence, entered the plea March 25 in Providence Superior Court. The formal charge was obtaining money under false pretenses.
George was sentenced to 10 years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution to the state, totaling $17,128. Bonilla was sentenced to two years of probation, and ordered to pay full restitution in the amount of $6,018.
Kilmartin said the state would have proven at trial that between Jan. 1, 2005, and April 24, 2010, George failed to report weekly earnings to the state’s Department of Labor and Training while employed at Cherokee Construction Inc. in Cranston. The attorney general said Bonilla, between Nov. 1, 2008, and Feb. 9, 2012, failed to report weekly earnings to the state while employed by Commercial Painting in Pawtucket.
“My office is committed to prosecuting individuals who defraud the system by collecting unemployment insurance benefits while employed,” said Kilmartin. ”Unemployment insurance is an important safety net for those struggling to find a job. We need to ensure the system remains available for those who truly need it, not for those who use it to line their own pockets.”
“Unemployment insurance provides critical support to thousands of Rhode Islanders who are actively seeking work,” said Charles J. Fogarty, director of the Department of Labor and Training. “We work diligently to root out those who are abusing this valuable program.”
Rhode Island State Police Detective Sgt. Christopher J. Dicomitis of the Auto Theft and Insurance Fraud Unit led the investigations. Special Assistant Attorney General Genevieve Allaire Johnson prosecuted the case.