For Immediate Release
October 28, 2022
Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications
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Richard J. Lavers, Deputy Commissioner
Department of Employment Security
Lissa D. Mascio, Unemployment Fraud Prosecutor
Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella and Department of Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis announce that Nicholas C. Martin, of or formerly of Nashua, New Hampshire was indicted on October 20, 2022, in Hillsborough County Superior Court – Southern District, on one count of unemployment compensation fraud, a class A felony.
The State alleges that over the course of 36 weeks, beginning the week ending March 21, 2020, and, between weeks ending June 27, 2020, and March 13, 2021, Mr. Martin knowingly failed to disclose his employment and earnings with Applebee's Restaurant in Nashua, NH, to the Department of Employment Security in order to obtain or increase his unemployment compensation benefits. Mr. Martin submitted a weekly continued claim form 36 times, and answered "No" to the question: "Last week, did you work or perform services? This includes just starting a new job, working part-time employment, or working for yourself, regardless of whether you have received payment," and/or failed to fully and accurately report the hours he did work and wages he earned. As a result, Mr. Martin received $17,650.00 in unemployment compensation benefits, including enhanced federal benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, to which he was not entitled.
The charges and allegations set forth in the indictment are merely accusations, and Mr. Martin is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. An arraignment will be schedule by the Court.
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 compensation trust fund. To report possible unemployment fraud, call 1-800-852-3400, or use the online form at: https://business.nh.gov/NCharge/NHES/default.asp?form_name=InsuranceFraud.
New Hampshire Department of Justice
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