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Three charged with massive unemployment fraud scam, filing claims for nearly $900,000

March 30, 2021 at 10:44 am EDT

PITTSBURGH — Three Pittsburgh residents conspired to provide false information on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) applications and fraudulently submit PUA claims on behalf of at least 90 people, according to the state Attorney General.

“These defendants took advantage of a program meant for everyday people whose lives were uprooted by COVID-19 to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from all of us,”
said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “We are working overtime to track down people who undermine the public by breaking the law and committing fraud.”

Linda Slade, 51, Dr. Rochelle Oaks, 66, and Keith Brown, 53, were each charged with operating a scheme to apply for PUA funding. Slade and Oaks submitted applications for interested participants, while Brown collected fees from the participants to pay Oaks, Shapiro said.

Slade and Oaks worked together, but each had unique, separate lists of contacts for whom they filed. Slade individually recruited and charged a fee to individuals she contacted through friends and family. She prepared 61 applications, totaling $925,273 in PUA funds.
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