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Nashua man accused of wrongfully receiving $8k in unemployment compensation

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Reporter | Apr 21, 2022

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NASHUA — A Hillsborough County Superior Court South grand jury has handed up an indictment on the charge of unemployment compensation fraud against Nashua resident Julio Romero, accusing him of filing fraudulent benefit statements on 47 occasions.

According to Attorney General John Formella and Department of Employment Security Commissioner George N. Copadis, the state alleges that Romero, over the course of three benefit years from Dec. 26, 2015 to April 7, 2018, “knowingly failed to disclose his employment and earnings to the Department of Employment Security in order to obtain, or increase, his employment compensation benefits.”

Romero, 35, of 5 Knightsbridge Drive, Apt. 308, allegedly submitted, on 47 occasions, “a weekly continued claim form and answered ‘no’ to the question, ‘Did you work or perform any services, including self-employment, last week, regardless of whether or not you have been paid for the work or services?'”

As a result, Romero is alleged to have fraudulently received $8,242 in unemployment compensation benefits, according to the state.

Officials remind residents that 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.”

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.


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