2002-03-09 / Front Page

Three Locals Involved In Unemployment Scam

By Howard Schwach

Three Locals Involved In Unemployment Scam

Three people with ties to Rockaway have been arrested and charged with defrauding the State unemployment insurance system by claiming that they had lost their jobs and were unemployed when they were actually employed at other jobs and receiving wages from those jobs.

"The defendant's allegedly tried to beat the system by lying and cheating for their own benefit," Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in announcing the arrests. "Their corrupt conduct was committed at the expense of both workers who do not cheat and employers who are obligated to support fair worker's unemployment insurance rates."

Brown said that the arrests came as a result of a five-month investigation by the State Department of Labor.

According to Brown, the three with ties to Rockaway include:

Carmelita Brazziera, 43, of Wavecrest, who received $7,874 between August of 1999 and January of 2001.

Kimberly Lewis, 34, of Edgemere, who received $6,478 between January and May of 2000.

Kim Orlando, 29, of Howard Beach, a substitute teacher at a Rockaway school, who received $2,400 between October and December of 1997.

Brown noted that the "charges brought in this case are accusations and that each of the defendants is presumed innocent until proven guilty."

No date has yet been set for trials in the cases of the three.

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