State Employee Sentenced to Prison

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A former Michigan employee accused of arranging for 56 people to get fraudulent unemployment checks has been sentenced to four years, nine months in federal prison and been ordered to repay $331,760 to the state, U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy says.

Richard Braceful, 39, of Detroit pleaded guilty to mail fraud and was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Sean Cox, Murphy said.

As a claims examiner for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency in 2003, Braceful "used his position to cause fraudulent unemployment insurance checks to be issued to 56 individuals who were not entitled to benefits," Murphy's office said in a news release.

Braceful, the claimants and others shared the money, Murphy said. He said co-defendants Alfonso Hall and Tenisha Williams were convicted and sentenced earlier, while a fourth co-defendant remains a fugitive.

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