ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) — On Wednesday, a federal judge convicted a Saratoga Springs man for misrepresenting identification to obtain unemployment benefits and federal pandemic benefits. Markhwan Berning, 37, of Saratoga Springs, admitted to misusing a Social Security number.
As part of a guilty plea, Berning admitted to receiving unemployment benefits, including federal pandemic-related benefits, between May and July 2020. Berning used a fake Social Security number as his own and submitted it to the New York State Department of Labor. .
Berning was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and a $16,383 restitution to New York State.