NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) – Andrew Marszalek from New Cumberland was sentenced to 18 months in prison for pandemic unemployment fraud.
According to U.S. Attorney John C. Gurganus, Marszalek pleaded guilty to conspiracy with five others to file false claims for unemployment benefits during the pandemic.
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Officials say those involved in the scheme collected personal identification information from inmates in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections system and filed unemployment claims.
Payments were sent to specific addresses in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, where they were collected and the funds were accessed. The conspirators provided payment of tens of thousands of dollars in benefits that they were not entitled to obtain.
Nicholas Baggio, 32, an inmate at the state penitentiary in Mahanoy, filed a guilty plea of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. He is awaiting sentencing.
Alexis Figueroa, 31, of Philadelphia, Oscar Martinez, 28, incarcerated at the state penitentiary in Rockview, and Jeovanny Shultz, 28, incarcerated at the penitentiary in Mercer, awaiting trial. Joshua Powles, 33, of Philadelphia, is wanted as a refugee.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Consiglio is pursuing the case.