New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
January 12, 2018

Richard Lavers, Deputy Commissioner
Department of Employment Security
(603) 228-4064
Heather A. Cherniske, Attorney
(603) 271-3671

State v. Robert Wilson

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Department of Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis announce that Robert Wilson of Milford, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday in the Hillsborough County Superior Court, Southern District, to one count of unemployment compensation fraud, a class A felony. Between June 14, 2014 and September 28, 2015, Mr. Wilson filed for 12 weeks of unemployment compensation benefits while knowingly failing to report his employment in order to obtain or increase his benefits. As a result, he fraudulently received $5,124.00 in unemployment benefits.

Mr. Wilson was sentenced to 12 months in the House of Corrections, deferred for one year and then suspended for one year, conditioned on good behavior, meaningful participation in any counseling, treatment and educational programs as directed by the correctional authority, and the use of his likeness in the Department of Employment Security Benefits Rights Interview which discusses the ramifications of committing unemployment fraud. His deferred sentence is also conditioned on the successful completion of the Veterans Behavioral Health Program and the payment of restitution in the amount of $5,124.00 plus a 20% penalty of $1,024.80. Mr. Wilson is disqualified from the receipt of unemployment compensation benefits for 52 weeks.

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 fund.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
1 Granite Place South | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658