Unemployment fraud conviction

MOUNT DESERT — A local woman is among five Maine residents convicted on separate charges of unemployment fraud in May. Unemployment benefit fraud involving principal amounts of $1,000 or more is a felony under Maine law.

Kayla E. Massicotte, 26, of Mount Desert was sentenced to five years with all but 18 months suspended. Massicotte will also have a three-year probation period and will be required to pay restitution of $15,896 to the Department of Labor. This sentence is to be served concurrently with a sentence imposed for non-unemployment insurance fraud charges.

“We will not tolerate unemployment fraud,” stated Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette.

Currently, there are 142 cases pending prosecution at various District Attorneys’ offices.

Citizens can report instances of suspected unemployment fraud by phone, email, fax or mail; information is available at www.maine.gov/labor. Tips can be kept confidential.

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