POSTED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 6:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 6:34am
Baton Rouge, La — Arnold H. Thomas, 47, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, was sentenced to 94 months imprisonment and ordered to pay $1,254,533 in restitution.
Thomas had previously pled guilty pursuant to a plea agreement to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Thomas devised a scheme to defraud the Louisiana Workforce Commission by fabricating wage reports for various individuals and then later filing false applications for unemployment benefits in those names.
Some of the individual identities used by Thomas were stolen.
In all, Thomas submitted approximately 392 false applications resulting in a loss of approximately $1,254,533.