Cumberland Center, Maine man sentenced to jail for unemployment insurance fraud


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PORTLAND, Maine — A Cumberland Center, Maine, man will spend two days in jail following his conviction for fraudulently receiving unemployment insurance payments.

Fifty-six-year-old John Willis was sentenced to 48 hours in Cumberland County Jail and ordered to pay restitution of $15,159. State officials accused him of working while collecting unemployment benefits.

Willis was convicted on May 8. Twenty-three reported cases of unemployment insurance fraud have been referred to district attorneys for prosecution in Maine this year. Last year there were 88.

A call to Willis's home was not immediately returned.

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