Brazilian who man stole $6,000 in unemployment assistance to spend 6 months in prison

A judge has sentenced a Brazilian national to six months in prison for embezzling more than 6,000 people from unpaid pandemic aid by using a different name and social security number after entering the country illegally.

Marcos Antonio De Carvalho Vicente, 61, who has lived in Fall River for 34 years, received unemployment checks after submitting a fraudulent application, although the state Department of Unemployment Assistance stopped payments after flagging a “suspicious identity issue,” US Attorney Rachael Rollins’ office said.

De Carvalho Vicente was indicted along with six other defendants who used Social Security numbers and other identifying information to obtain driver’s licenses, MassHealth benefits, and unemployment benefits under federal welfare laws, Rollins’ office said earlier.

De Carvalho Vincente pleaded guilty to misrepresenting his Social Security number and stealing government funds in a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Court documents say he stole $6,003 in pandemic unemployment benefits.

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Dionysius Casper Federal Judge De Carvalho ordered Vicente to repay $6,003 in state aid and imposed a three-year dismissal from the officers. He was required to surrender on the 9th of Dec.

Vincent de Carvalho’s attorney, Thomas Kerner, said he had no convictions because of several operating under the influence incidents in 1991 and “as much as possible due to the lack of a social security card.”

“He couldn’t get his name, so he used the recognition that was given to him by someone else before he left the country,” Kerner said.

He faced up to five years in prison, three years on supervised release, and a $250,000 fine for having a false social security number and up to 10 years in prison, three years on parole, and a $250,000 fine for stealing government money.

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Former President Donald Trump signed the health care act into law in March 2020, as the covid-19 pandemic tightened its stranglehold on daily life and forced many businesses to close.

The law created a temporary federal unemployment program that provided benefits to people who were not eligible for other types of unemployment.

Act Care also created another federal unemployment assistance program that provided an additional $600 weekly payment.

Prosecutors say De Carvalho admitted to Vicente agents that he bought a fake identity from a friend and used it to get unemployment benefits. He also used a fake identity to obtain a Massachusetts Identity Card.

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During Wednesday’s court hearing, De Carvalho Vicente Casper addresses the judge through an interpreter.

“I want to be forgiven for the crime I committed,” he said. “I’ve been here for so long. I have a daughter, it’s behind me to take care of her financially. It’s a consequence to assume any here. And I just want to say one time that I’m very, very sad.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Tolkoff said the Department of Homeland Security has not yet taken action against De Carvalho Vicente, though he said it is common for DHS to wait while criminal actions are in progress.

“And frankly, I don’t know what they’re going to do in such a situation,” he said.

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