Linden Man Charged With Defrauding Unemployment Program

TRENTON – A Linden man is charged with stealing almost $19,000 from the state uninsurance fund by collecting benefits he wasn’t entitled to, Attorney General Anne Milgram announced last week.

John K. Calhoun, 45, was charged in an Aug. 5 state grand jury indictment with third-degree theft by deception and fourth-degree unsworn falsification.  The indictment alleges that Calhoun was earning wages while collecting on unemployment insurance benefits claims that he filed for in February 2003 and February 2004.


The indictment charges that, as a result of failing to notify the Department of Labor and Workforce Development of his earnings, Calhoun allegedly stole $18,942 in unemployment insurance benefits.

Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of up to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000, while fourth-degree crimes carry a sentence of up to 18 months in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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