Representatives of the New York State Department of Labor awarded “Certificates of Merit” to O.C. District Attorney David M. Hoovler and five O.C. assistant district attorneys for “successfully prosecuting unemployment insurance fraud in Orange County, resulting in the return of over one million dollars to the Department of Labor Unemployment Trust Fund.”
The awards were presented by Milan Bhatt, the Department of Labor’s Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Worker Protection. In addition to recognizing District Attorney Hoovler, the Department of Labor recognized Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Borek, Senior Assistant District Attorney Kerry Kolek, Assistant District Attorney Tanja Beemer, Assistant District Attorney Matthew Ross, and Assistant District Attorney David Kempinger for their success in handling unemployment insurance fraud cases.
In 2017, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office had the eighth-highest recovery of fraudulently obtained unemployment insurance benefits of the 62 New York State district attorney’s offices, recovering more than $187,000. That statistic is remarkable, in that Orange County is the twelfth-largest county, by population, in New York.