11 charged with unemployment fraud

June 1, 2010 11:32:57 AM PDT
Eleven Chicago-area defendants have been charged with fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars each in unemployment benefits from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, federal law enforcement officials said.The 11 allegedly falsely claimed to be eligible for benefits and each received between $15,232 to $41,764 each.

Five of the defendants were charged with felony mail fraud and six were charged with misdemeanor theft counts. The government said the indictments are all separate.

Prosecutors say the defendants were all gainfully employed while receiving benefits, some with the U.S. Postal Service.

The defendants are:

Nicholas G. Boulahanis, 36, of Algonquin
Yolanda Davis, 36, of Chicago
Reuvean Day, 43, of Park Forest
Luis Diaz, 37, of Northlake
Torenzo Dillon, 26, of Harvey
Carlos Flores, 43, of Hainesville
Chantel Hannah, 42, of Chicago
Loretta Morris, 32, of Chicago
Todd Motton, 35, of Chicago
Spirodon Vithoulkas, 42, of Palos Hills
Sanuelle Williams, 41, of Country Club Hills

Click here to read the full press release with details of the charges against each defendant.