☷Woman Pleads Guilty to Unemployment Benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance PUA Fraud
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Woman Pleads Guilty to Unemployment Benefits and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance ( PUA ) Fraud SAN JUAN , Puerto Rico – Defendant Millisen M . Martínez - Medina pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Camille Vélez - Rivé to 13 counts of theft of government funds from the Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program , announced W . Stephen Muldrow , U . S . Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico . She was charged in 12 separate cases regarding PUA fraud in April and October of 2021 . According to court documents , from June 2020 , up to December 2020 , Millisen M . Martínez - Medina engaged in deceptive conduct designed to fraudulently obtain Unemployment Insurance compensation from the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources ( PRDLHR ) by using false personal identification information , including false social security numbers . Specifically , the defendant submitted to the PRDLHR Unemployment Insurance ( UI ) applications on her own behalf and on behalf of at least twelve others , utilizing false social security numbers . Martínez - Medina , willfully and knowingly stole and converted to her own use or the use of another , money of the United States , namely UI benefits , payments to which no one was entitled , having a value of approximately $474 , 504 . 00 . Defendant Martínez - Medina is scheduled to be sentenced on August 23 , 2022 and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for each count . A federal district court judge will determine the sentence after considering the U . S . Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors . These cases were investigated by various federal agencies , including the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ) , the United States Postal Inspection Service ( USPIS ) , the United States Department of Labor Office of Inspector General ( USDOL - OIG ) , and the Social Security Office of Inspector General ( SSA - OIG ) , with the assistance of local law enforcement officials from the Puerto Rico Police Bureau ( PRPB ) , the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources , and the Puerto Rico Department of Treasury ( Hacienda ) . Special Assistant U . S . Attorney ( SAUSA ) Vanessa D . Bonano - Rodríguez from the Social Security Administration and Assistant U . S . Attorney Victor Acevedo are in charge of the prosecution of these cases . To report a COVID - 19 - related fraud scheme or suspicious activity , contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud ( NCDF ) by calling the NCDF Hotline at 1 - 866 - 720 - 5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at: https://www . justice . gov/disaster - fraud/ncdf - disaster - complaint - form . ###
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