Setauket - (WALK) A Setauket man will spend up to 13 months in prison and participate in a mandatory mental health program as part of his sentence for conducting a 3-state unemployment insurance benefits scam.
Paul Pappas stole more than $192,000 from taxpayers in New York, Florida and Vermont by creating imaginary businesses in those states, then filing bogus unemployment insurance claims in the names of family members and friends, according to the New York State Department of Labor.
Pappas has one year to pay full restitution, plus fines, according to a statement from the Department of Labor.
Unemployment insurance fraud robs some of our most vulnerable neighbors. The Department of Labor urges anyone with information about similar schemes to call their toll-free hotline: 888-598-2077.
Illustration: NYS Department of Labor