For Immediate Release
October 25, 2016
Richard Lavers, Deputy Commissioner
Department of Employment Security
Heather A. Cherniske, Attorney
Department of Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis and Attorney General
Joseph A. Foster announce that Erin Richmond of Londonderry, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty
and was sentenced today to one count of class A felony unemployment compensation fraud.
Between August 16, 2015 and December 6, 2015, Ms. Richmond filed for 15 weeks of
unemployment compensation benefits while knowingly failing to report her employment in order
to obtain benefits. As a result, she fraudulently received $4,515.00 in unemployment benefits.
Ms. Richmond was sentenced to 12 months in the House of Corrections, with all but 10 days
suspended for two years conditioned on good behavior, meaningful participation in any
counseling, treatment and educational programs as directed by the correctional authority, and the
use of her likeness in the Department of Employment Security Benefits Rights Interview video,
which discusses the ramifications of committing unemployment fraud. Ms. Richmond is
disqualified from the receipt of unemployment compensation benefits for 52 weeks.
Additionally, Ms. Richmond paid full restitution in the amount of $4,515.00 plus a 20% penalty
of $903.00 for a total of $5,418.00.
The Department of Employment Security provides unemployment compensation benefits to
eligible claimants who are unemployed through no fault of their own. The Department
investigates and prosecutes both criminal and civil unemployment compensation fraud, with the
goal of protecting New Hampshire's unemployment fund.