DA: Oceanside man arrested in $18,000 theft of unemployment benefits

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that an Oceanside man has been charged with grand larceny for stealing more than $18,000 in unemployment insurance benefits. (April 2, 2013) (Credit: NCDA)

An Oceanside man stole more than $18,000 in unemployment benefits by hiding a job with a nonprofit that paid him more than $90,000 a year, Nassau County prosecutors said Tuesday.

Joseph Antonacci, 47, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of third-degree grand larceny and faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted, authorities said.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Antonacci received New York unemployment benefits of $405 weekly from March 2010 to June 2011 and also got a weekly supplement of $25 from the federal government from March 2010 to December 2010.


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In the meantime, he had taken a position as a facilities director for the nonprofit Educational Alliance in Manhattan, where he was paid a salary of $3,653 every two weeks, authorities said.

Rice said Antonacci never reported his new job to the state Department of Labor, as required, "and continued to fraudulently receive unemployment insurance benefit payments totaling approximately $18,370," according to a news release.

At arraignment Tuesday, Antonacci's bail was set at $10,000 cash or bond. He is due back in court May 13.

Prosecutors said Antonacci also is facing charges in Manhattan that he stole from fellow employees and his employer.

The labor department discovered the theft in late 2011 during a review of its records and referred to the district attorney's office in November 2012, Nassau prosecutors said.

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