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Press Release

Week In Review – Hammond

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana


Hammond, Indiana—The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:


Leon Thomas, 38, of Chesterton, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to 24 months imprisonment, $25,216.00 in restitution and 1 year of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of aggravated identity theft.According to documents filed by the government in this case, f rom June 2009 through July 2010, while employed at a manufacturing company in Michigan City, Indiana, Thomas applied for unemployment insurance benefits and extended unemployment benefits using the identity of his brother by using his social security number and date of birth. While working for the company he unlawfully received unemployment insurance benefit payments that consisted of federal and state money. When asked on the weekly claim voucher whether he was working, Thomas answered no, when in truth he was working and receiving a paycheck.Thomas unlawfully received a total of $11,590 in Federal funds as well as $13,626 in State funds for the unemployment benefits. This case was the result of an investigation by the Department of Labor.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Brook.

Updated April 30, 2015