Chesterton man was sentenced last week to two years in federal prison
after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Attorney’s
Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.
Thomas, 38, was also ordered to pay $25,216 in restitution and to serve
one year of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
exchange for Thomas’ plea, two other charges against him--one count of
identity theft and one of theft of government property--were dismissed.
the plea agreement, Thomas stipulated to the following:
in or around June 2009, through and including July 2010, while I was
employed at a manufacturing company in Michigan City, Indiana, I applied
for unemployment insurance benefits and extended unemployment benefits
using the identity of my brother,” Thomas stated. “I not only used my
brother’s name to work at this company but also used his Social Security
number and date of birth. I agree that I did not possess any legal
authority to possess and/or use my brother’s identity.”
addition, Thomas stated, “I unlawfully received unemployment insurance
benefit payments that consisted of both federal and state money. When
asked on the weekly claim voucher whether I was working, I answered ‘No’
when in truth I was working and receiving a paycheck.”
do not dispute that I unlawfully received a total of $11,590 in federal
funds as well as $13,626 in state funds for the unemployment benefits I
received,” Thomas concluded.
case was investigated by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development
and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General.