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N.J. Woman Awaits Sentencing After Admitting To Online Scams

A woman was charged with setting up a fake company in Trumbull in order to collect unemployment benefits.
A woman was charged with setting up a fake company in Trumbull in order to collect unemployment benefits. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

TRUMBULL, Conn. – An Atlantic City, N.J., woman is awaiting sentencing after she admitted to setting up a bogus online business in Trumbull in order to falsely collect unemployment benefits, according to authorities.

Theresa A. Freeman, 65, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in New Haven to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly.

According to Daly, Freemen set up an online company called Tribal Organic Products that she claimed was based in Trumbull, but which actually conducted no business at all.

In December 2012, Freeman’s son – whose name was not released – filed for unemployment insurance benefits with the Connecticut Department of Labor after claiming that he had been laid off from Tribal Organic Products, according to Daly.

Between January-July 2013, Freeman’s son collected $13,474 in unemployment insurance benefits from Connecticut, according to Daly, who said the 65-year-old Freeman eventually admitted to using a similar scheme to take $16,253 and $14,136 in unemployment insurance benefits from Pennsylvania and North Carolina, respectively.

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