Warwick Man Sent to Jail for Stealing Benefits

As reported by Katie Mulvaney in the November 3, 2014 edition of the Providence Journal, a Warwick man has been sentenced in a stolen benefits case. The man was collecting the unemployment benefits of his deceased girlfriend. He collected approximately $4,000.00. He was convicted of obtaining money under false pretenses. He was sentenced to seven (7) years at the ACI, one (1) year to serve on the charge.

Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 11-41-4 defines obtaining money under false pretenses as every person who shall obtain from another designedly, by any false pretense or pretenses, any money, goods, wares, or other property, with intent to cheat or defraud, and every person who shall personate another or who shall falsely represent himself or herself to be the agent or servant of another and shall receive any money or other property intended to be delivered to the person so personated, or to the alleged principal or master of that agent or servant, shall be deemed guilty of larceny.

Misdemeanor larceny is theft of property or services worth less than $1,500.00. Felony larceny is theft of property or services worth $1,500.00 or more. In this case, the man stole over $4,000.00 so he was charged with felony larceny. The penalties if convicted includes imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years or by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.

If you or a family member has been charged with obtaining money under false pretenses, robbery or burglary, please allow Attorney Robert H. Humphrey's reputation, experience and skill to successfully guide you through the legal process. Please contact Attorney Robert H. Humphrey, Esq., at 401-816-5862 or e-mail him at

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