Concord, New Hampshire— Attorney General John M. Formella and Department of Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis announce that Luis J. Avendano of Manchester, New Hampshire was indicted on September 19, 2022 in Hillsborough County Superior Court – Northern District , for two counts of unemployment compensation fraud, a Class A felony.
The state alleges that during the 54 weeks between June 30, 2015 and July 6, 2019, and an additional 14 weeks between March 14, 2020 and March 6, 2021, Mr. Avendano knowingly failed to disclose the full extent employment and earnings to the Department of Employment Security in order to obtain or increase unemployment benefits. That said, Avendano submitted a weekly Continuing Claim form a total of 68 times over five years of benefits and answered “No” to the question: “Last week, did you work or provide services?” This includes simply starting a new job, working part-time, or working for yourself, whether or not you have received payment; and/or failed to fully or completely report hours worked and wages earned. As a result, Mr. Avendano received $27,247.00 in unemployment benefits, including enhanced federal benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, to which he was not entitled, during the weeks he earned over $47,000. $.00 in salary.
Mr Avendano is due to be arraigned on October 17, 2022 in Hillsborough County Superior Court – Northern District. The charges and allegations set out in the indictment are charges only and Mr. Avendano is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The Department of Employment Security pays unemployment benefits to eligible claimants who are unemployed through no fault of their own. The Department investigates and prosecutes criminal and civil unemployment compensation fraud in an effort to protect the New Hampshire Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. To report possible unemployment fraud, call 1-800-852-3400 or use the online form at https://business.nh.gov/NCharge/NHES/default.asp?form_name=InsuranceFraud.