Woman pleads no contest to collecting husband's unemployment while he was incarcerated

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A 48-year-old woman has been sentenced to probation for collecting more than $2,000 in unemployment benefits in her husband's name while he was incarcerated.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Kelly Barratt, with a last known address in Norton, Massachusetts, pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of obtaining money under false pretenses. Barratt got three years of probation and was ordered to repay $2,275.

Prosecutors say Barratt in 2013 called in to the state Department of Labor and Training and fraudulently authorized unemployment payments in the name of Emerson Barratt, who was at the Adult Correctional Institutions.

They say she changed his personal identification number, fraudulently obtained a new electronic payment card to receive the unemployment benefits, and provided false information to DLT when they inquired about her husband's whereabouts.

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