Rhode Island state police have arrested 24 people who are accused of fraudulently collecting unemployment insurance benefits.
Col. Steven O’Donnell says those arrested on Thursday face a felony charge of obtaining money under false pretenses over $500. Police say the fraud totaled $225,236 overall.
The cases were referred to police by the state Department of Labor and Training.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee says the crackdown on unemployment insurance fraud is important given the number of residents looking for work and the scarcity of resources.
Police say the defendants were released on $10,000 personal recognizance and ordered to return to court on May 17. The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $5,000.
Police say more arrests are expected.