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San Antonio woman pleads guilty to COVID-19 unemployment fraud

A local woman who filed for COVID-19-related unemployment benefits in Massachusetts that she was not entitled to has pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors say.

Donna Wasson, 37, of San Antonio, pleaded guilty Monday in US court in Boston to three counts of fraud, according to a statement from the US law firm.

Wasson lied about her address, lied about the number of dependents she had, and falsely claimed she was working in Massachusetts when the pandemic hit to seek Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, according to an affidavit from a federal investigator.

PUA payments were intended for people who did not qualify for other types of unemployment benefits, including the self-employed, independent contractors or workers in the gig economy.

Wasson also helped a former Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance employee file several fraudulent unemployment claims using stolen identities, prosecutors said.

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Wasson was detained pending the March 8 ruling.

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