By Doug Ireland
---- — A Salem man faces 28 counts of unemployment fraud and two counts of larceny in Massachusetts for illegally collecting $16,000 in benefits.
Kenneth LaMarche, 44, pleaded innocent to the charges Monday in Suffolk Superior Court, according to Grant Woodman, spokesman for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.
He fraudulently received unemployment benefits for 28 weeks between July and December 2010 and April 2010 and May 2011 while working full time and earning more than $38,000 from two employers, Woodman said.
LaMarche was working for Greener Excavating LLC and T-Buck Construction, Woodman said. He did not know where the firms are located.
LaMarche told the unemployment office he was not employed and was able to work, Woodman said. A grand jury indicted LaMarche on the 30 charges in December.
He was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled to return to court March 4 for a pretrial conference.
LaMarche could face a maximum penalty of five years in state prison for each count.