Paterson man involved in $1.2 million Covid-related unemployment scheme pleads guilty | Paterson Times

Paterson man involved in $1.2 million Covid-related unemployment scheme pleads guilty

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A city man has pleaded guilty for his role in a $1.2 million scheme to fraudulently secure Covid-19-related unemployment assistance.

Omar Thompson, 39, of Paterson, pleaded guilty on Friday to wire fraud conspiracy before a federal judge in Massachusetts.

Thompson and his co-conspirator submitted more than 100 fraudulent pandemic unemployment assistance claims to the Department of Unemployment Assistance in Massachusetts that resulted in more than $1.2 million in payments.

Authorities said half of the claims were made on behalf of people residing outside of Massachusetts. Thompson recruited people from other states to apply for pandemic unemployment assistance in Massachusetts. He submitted claims on their behalf and received kickback payments in return.

Thompson could face 20 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 22, 2022.

  • Vindicated

    He will get more time in jail than all the people who were at the insurrection! LOL

  • alonzo scripps

    hey vindicated….not one protester was charged with "insurrection…you pay too much attention to t v talking heads. The charges are tresspassing and interfere with govt. proceedings. So far thet are in solitary 23 hours a day. Most are awaiting trial, for "Misdemeanor" charges. Kenosha "protestors burned the city for tthree days in Kenosha Wisconsin, 50 million dollars in damages, Minneapolis burned down their city including a police station, and for weeks tried to burn down the Court House,jncluding several homicides.
    Charges ranging from riot, arson, looting, tresspassing / curfew violations totaling 50 plus million dollars in damage; and those with charges were dropped! V P Harris contributed to those requiring Bail…Were you looking for the real justice…LOL

    • John

      I AGREE