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United States of America v. LeRoy Constantine
Case Number: 2:18-cr-20655-MAG-APP
Judge: Mark S. Goldsmith
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Wayne County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Jihan Williams
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Detroit, MI - Melvindale Man Sentenced for Defrauding the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency
A Melvindale, Michigan resident was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison after having pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with unemployment compensation scheme.
LeRoy Constantine, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith who also ordered Constantine to pay full restitution in the amount of $188,946 and 3 years of supervised release.
According to information provided to the court at the June 4, guilty plea, from April 2016 through May 2016, Constantine obtained personal identifying information of unsuspecting victims, including their name, date of birth, and social security numbers and submitted false claims to the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency for unemployment insurance benefits. Once Constantine falsely applied for the benefits, he would receive a prepaid debit card charged with unemployment insurance benefit funds and use them for his personal benefit. Constantine submitted 63 false claims which resulted in a loss to the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency of $188,946.
“Unemployment insurance is designed to provide benefits for employees who need money while they are out of work,” Schneider said. “People who abuse the system will pay the consequences.”
“Leroy Constantine stole the identities of Michigan residents, causing harm to those victims, taxpayers, and business owners, stated Administrator Kolar. “The Unemployment Insurance Agency, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office remain committed to investigating, charging and convicting these criminals. Justice will continue to prevail.”
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General with the assistance of the State of Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Fraud Division.
FRAUD BY WIRE, RADIO, OR TELEVISION
FRAUD WITH IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS
Outcome: 10/10/2019 Minute Entry for proceedings before District Judge Mark A. Goldsmith: Sentencing held as to LeRoy Constantine. Disposition: Rule 11 Plea Agreement accepted by the Court. (Court Reporter: David Yarbrough) (Defendant Attorney: David Cripps) (AUSA: Jihan Williams) (BSau) (Entered: 10/10/2019)