10 Charged With Illegally Receiving Unemployment Benefits


UPDATED: Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:31 PM

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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