A Rockville Centre man pleaded guilty Monday to petit larceny charges after he fraudulently received more than $16,000 in unemployment benefits while working as a Suffolk County carpenter, prosecutors said Monday.

Joseph Chieffo, 31, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of petit larceny and one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to the Nassau County district attorney's office.

Chieffo was among nine people charged with fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits leading up to a round of arrests in July and August. The eight other cases are still pending. He was represented by the Legal Aid Society.

Prosecutors said Chieffo accepted $16,042.50 from the New York State Department of Labor in unemployment benefits at the same time he was working as a carpenter for a Bohemia-based company, earning about $41,133.85 from 2012 to 2013.

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The Department of Labor discovered the fraudulent reports when its telephone call center cross matched his wage report with his benefit payments.

Chieffo is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 7 and is expected to be ordered to probation and pay back the full restitution of the amount of benefits he received.