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Merrimack Valley

June 18, 2013

Lawrence man charged with fraud, larceny

LAWRENCE — A city man faces 33 counts of unemployment fraud and larceny over $250.

According to authorities, Luis Tejada, 31, applied for and received unemployments benefits from the state between October 2009 and November 2010. During that time, Tejada allegedly worked full-time for multiple employers and failed to disclose his employment status with the state.

For each of the 33 weeks that Tejada collected unemployment benefits he allegedly notified the state that he was not working, but that he was able to work and was available for work. Authorities allege Tejada collected fraudulent benefits totaling more than $15,000 while working and collecting.

During the time of the alleged fraud, Tejada earned more than $26,000 from his employment.

The state’s Attorney General’s office is prosecuting the case.

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