Ten people were indicted on Wednesday for collecting more than $150,000 in fraudulent unemployment claims.
The indictments were unsealed by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
The following individuals face a charge of theft of federal funds and wire fraud, according to a news release from U.S. Department of Justice.
- Erik L. Alexander, 42, Dayton
- Nakisha L. Carter, 38, Columbus
- Catherine D. Cephus, 30, Columbus
- Tabitha L. Curfman, 38, Canal Winchester
- Ralph E. Gabbert Sr., 49, Columbus
- Ralph I. Griffin III, 46, Dayton
- Quincy L. Holloway, 39, Canal Winchester
- Paul J. Holtz, 50, Pataskala
- Annaliza Johnson, 44, Columbus
- Cass H. Long, 58, Pickerington
The accused individuals allegedly collected amounts between $10,786 and $20,375, according to the U.S. Attorney. The claims totaled $151,492.
The benefits consisted of a combination of Ohio unemployment insurance funds and federal funds available to unemployed workers.
The defendants will be summoned to federal court. They face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, if they are convicted.
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