Bennington man pleads guilty to unemployment fraud
January 03. 2018 2:09PM
MANCHESTER — A Bennington man started serving jail time Tuesday after pleading guilty to a felony count of unemployment compensation fraud, authorities said Wednesday.
Roger Dwinell filed for 15 weeks of unemployment compensation benefits between April 23, 2016 and Feb. 5, 2017 while knowingly failing to report his employment, so he could obtain or increase his benefits, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
Dwinell fraudulently received $1,401 in unemployment benefits. authorities said.
A judge in Hillsborough County Superior Court, Northern District, sentenced him Tuesday to 12 months in the house of corrections, with six months suspended for two years conditioned on good behavior, meaningful participation in any counseling, treatment and educational programs as directed by the correctional authority.
The judge also recommended administrative home confinement for Dwinell.
Correctional officials must decide whether to approve the home confinement, which could start after Dwinell serves at least 14 days in jail, according to Heather Cherniske, an attorney with the Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Employment Security.
Dwinell also must allow the use of his likeness in the Department of Employment Security’s benefits rights interview, which discusses the ramifications of committing unemployment fraud.
Dwinell is disqualified from receiving unemployment compensation benefits for 52 weeks.
At sentencing, Dwinell repaid the benefits received in the amount of $1,401, plus a 20 percent penalty of $280.20.