Contact: Major Todd E. Catlow, Detective Commander Telephone: (401) 444-1006
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent, of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Department Of Public Safety, announces that on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, members from the Rhode Island State Police and Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs arrested eight (8) individuals for allegedly Obtaining Money Under False Pretenses Over $1,500.00, in violation of the §11-41-4 of the Rhode Island General Laws.
The following individuals were arrested during the sweep:
1. Adrian George, age 44, of 29 Randall Street, Cranston, R.I. 2. Joao Camara, age 41, of 12 Haffards Street, Fall River, MA 3. Bruce DaSilva, age 32, of 180 Bloodgood Street, Pawtucket, R.I. 4. Kimberly Woodruff, age 45, of 2097 Plainfield Street, Johnston, R.I. 5. Steven Sousa, age 36, of 74 Carolina Avenue, Providence, R.I. 6. Roosevelt Bonilla, age 42, of 186 Clarence Street, Providence, R.I. 7. Scott Archambault, age 47, of 52 Woodhaven Road, Pawtucket, R.I. 8. Patrick Carroll, age 46, of 106 Pettee Avenue, North Kingstown, R.I.
Those arrested during this investigation were arraigned on the felony charge in Sixth Division District Court in Providence and released on personal recognizance. Collectively, these individuals are alleged to have fraudulently collected unemployment benefits totaling $107,688. The highest amount any one individual is alleged to have fraudulently collected is $21,295. Additional arrests are expected in the near future.
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell said, "Today's arrests represent an ongoing collaborative effort by the Rhode Island State Police, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training and the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General to investigate all allegations of unemployment fraud and hold those individuals, who fraudulently collect unemployment benefits from the State of Rhode Island, accountable."
"Unemployment insurance provides critical support to those who are actively seeking employment," said Charles J. Fogarty, Director of the RI Department of Labor and Training. "To maintain the integrity of this important benefits program, we work diligently to identify any claimants, who may be abusing the rules. Working together with the RI State Police and the Attorney General's Office, we hope to send a strong message to the community that Rhode Island takes benefits fraud very seriously."
"Unemployment insurance fraud is not only a crime, it is a financial burden on businesses, especially small businesses, and taxpayers. Through the partnership with the Department of Labor and Training, the Rhode Island State Police and the Office of Attorney General, we are committed to aggressively investigating and prosecuting those who defraud the system and steal taxpayer dollars," said Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. Funded by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, the Office of Attorney General has a dedicated prosecutor, who handles all unemployment insurance fraud, worker's compensation fraud, prevailing wage violations and labor standards fraud cases.