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Fitchburg Man Guilty of Jobless Fraud

May 12, 2019

CONCORD, N.H. -- Fitchburg’s John Lawson pleaded guilty and was sentenced on one count of unemployment fraud, a Class B felony, in Merrimack Superior Court, according to New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Department of Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis.

Between July 4, 2015 and Nov. 7, 2015, Lawson filed for unemployment benefits while knowingly failing to disclose his employment. As a result, Lawson fraudulently received $8,113 in unemployment benefits.

Lawson was sentenced to 12 months in the House of Corrections, with all but 20 days suspended for six months, conditioned on good behavior, the payment of restitution and penalty totaling $9,735, and the use of his likeness in the Department of Employment Security Benefits and Rights Interview, which discusses the ramifications of committing unemployment fraud.

He is disqualified from receiving unemployment compensation benefits for 52 weeks.

The Department of Employment Security provides unemployment compensation benefits to eligible claimants who are unemployed through no fault of their own. The Department investigates and prosecutes both criminal and civil unemployment compensation fraud with the goal of protecting New Hampshire’s unemployment compensation trust fund.