South Berwick man among 5 arraigned in $117,000 unemployment fraud

Posted July 09, 2012, at 5:51 a.m.

BOSTON — Five people accused of bilking the state out of more than $117,000 combined in unemployment benefits while holding down steady jobs will be arraigned tomorrow in two separate courts by prosecutors for Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office.

Andrea Mom Ieng, 39, of Lowell, Mass., will answer to 24 counts of unemployment fraud and larceny in Boston Municipal Court for the $10,464 in benefits prosecutors say she cashed in between May and November 2010 while working full time and earning a $26,754 salary.

Gary Alvarado, 29, of Brockton; Justin Otting, 31, of South Berwick, Maine; Robert Reynolds, 42, of Hudson, N.H.; and Zelda Williams, 52, of Randolph will be arraigned on similar charges in Suffolk Superior Court.

Alvarado is charged with 59 counts of unemployment fraud and larceny.

Authorities said he received $35,105 in benefits between March and November 2010 while earning $34,477 from a full-time job.

Otting stands accused of 31 counts of unemployment fraud and larceny. It’s alleged Otting collected $10,890 in benefits while earning close to $14,000 working for three different employers.

Reynolds, who prosecutors said received $42,796 in benefits between January 2008 and May 2010 while earning $92,491 from his job, is charged with 89 counts of unemployment fraud and three counts of larceny.

Williams is charged with 49 counts of unemployment fraud and larceny. Authorities said she collected $18,342 from the state between November 2008 and October 2009, while earning $35,521.

None of the accused could be reached yesterday for comment.

© 2012 the Boston Herald

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