Rockland woman admits to unemployment fraud

Posted Aug. 25, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 48-year-old Rockland woman admitted Monday she lied to collect unemployment benefits after getting a job.

Mary Mehuman E. Johnson pleaded guilty to felony theft in Knox County Superior Court before Justice John O’Neil. The court agreed to hold off sentencing for one year. During that one year, the defendant plans to make restitution of up to $11,000.

There is no agreement on a possible sentence. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said that if Johnson pays the restitution that will benefit her when it comes time for sentencing. The maximum sentence for the crime is 10 years in prison although Fernald said he would not be seeking the maximum.

Johnson began collecting weekly unemployment benefits in January 2011 and in the next year obtained a job but kept filing for benefits. She collected $11,488 in benefits that she was not entitled to receive.

 

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