Woman admits to unemployment scheme involving fake business


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has admitted to operating an unemployment benefits fraud scheme in Connecticut.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says 65-year-old Theresa Freeman, of Atlantic City, pleaded guilty Tuesday in New Haven to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Freeman filed incorporation paperwork in Connecticut for a business called Tribal Organic Products. Freeman claimed she operated the business from Trumbull. However, the company did not exist.

In December 2012, Freeman’s son filed a claim for unemployment insurance benefits, saying he was laid off from Tribal Organic Products. Freeman’s son received more than $13,000 in benefits between January 2013 and July 2013.

Freeman also admitted to operating similar schemes that defrauded the states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

She has a federal conviction in South Carolina for similar conduct.
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