Lancaster man sentenced to 18 months for unemployment benefits fraud

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – Angel Luis Carrasco-Rivera, 54 of Lancaster was sentenced to 18 months in prison today by Chief United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner in Harrisburg for fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits.

According to the U.S. Attorney Carrasco-Rivera,  was charged in a Criminal Information with mail fraud in January 2016. The charge stemmed from Carrasco-Rivera filing claims for unemployment compensation benefits from 2008 through late 2012 with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in Harrisburg.

Carrasco-Rivera knew he was not entitled to those benefits because he was employed full time when he applied for and received them. He obtained more than $102,000 in benefits to which he was not entitled during that four-year period.

Carrasco-Rivera plead guilty in February 2016 pursuant to a plea agreement. Chief Judge Conner also ordered Carrasco-Rivera to pay $89,500 in restitution to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.