NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - A New Rochelle man has been sentenced to prison time for his role in a scheme to exploit unemployment insurance benefits from two city businesses.
On Tuesday, Dennis Broccolo, 55, was sentenced to between three and seven years in prison for each charge on a two-count grand larceny indictment he pleaded guilty to in January. His sentences will run concurrently.
According to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Broccolo and his co-defendant submitted two false applications for unemployment benefits, claiming to work for a pair of companies that never employed them.
In October 2012, Broccolo and co-defendant Stephanie Vega, 27, applied for unemployment benefits from Bassa Irpinia Corp., claiming they were hired by the corporation’s president. The duo would later claim to work for Drake Main Cafe and Lounge in New Rochelle, submitting illegal pay stubs to the state from another company they never worked for.
It has been estimated that the pair stole nearly $75,000 in benefits.
“Unemployment insurance offers a critical safety net for New Yorkers who fall on tough economic times and must be safeguarded against fraud and abuse,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “Today’s sentencing makes it clear that when individuals defraud the unemployment system they are stealing from New Yorkers in need and they will be held accountable.”
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