Two Charged With Stealing Tens of Thousands in Unemployment Benefits

A man and woman were charged Thursday with fraudulently collecting tens of thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits while continuing to work full-time jobs.

Lawrence Burns, Jr., 57, of Beverly allegedly collected more than $26,000 in benefits while earning $44,000 from regular employment over a period of 58 weeks. He faces 58 counts of unemployment fraud and a single count of larceny over $250.

Holly Proctor, 43, of Halifax allegedly collected more than $29,000 in benefits over a period of 42 weeks, earning $53,000 through full-time employment. She faces 42 counts of unemployment fraud and two counts of larceny over $250.

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Both will be arraigned at Suffolk Superior Court at a yet undetermined date, according to the attorney general’s office.

Last year, the office’s Insurance and Unemployment Fraud Division recovered more than $1.4 million in fraudulent unemployment claims.

To report unemployment fraud call the department’s fraud hotline at (800) 354-9927 or visit their website.