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Man convicted of getting improper unemployment benefits

Cary Ashby • Aug 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A Collins man was convicted Monday of improperly receiving unemployment benefits for more than a year.

Matthew E. Clifton, 33, of 2577 U.S. 20, pleaded guilty to theft, which was lowered from a fourth-degree felony to a fifth-degree felony. Also as part of the plea deal, he agreed to make the full restitution of $8,579 and the state agreed to recommend a jail term on the work-release program when he is sentenced Sept. 24.

"There has been about $4,000 in repayment," Clifton told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway.

Between April 9, 2011 and June 15, 2013, Clifton applied for unemployment benefits and despite what he indicated in his application, he received wages for 16 of those weeks, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said. The defendant received about $500 each week in unemployment.

Clifton remains out on a personal recognizance bond. That means he signed a court document in which he promised to appear for future hearings and didn't have to pay any money.

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