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23 counts of grand larceny because of unemployment fraud,

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23 counts of grand larceny because of unemployment fraud, can someone get time in jail for that?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 2 years ago.
My name is ***** ***** I am an experienced New York criminal defense attorney.
Was each of these counts for a specific occasion when you collected unemployment when you shouldn’t? How much is the total that unemployment says you owe? Do you have any prior criminal convictions? If so, were they felonies?
$10,000 is low bail for a felony charge. That indicates to me that despite the number of counts here, this is likely a first felony arrest. In that instance, and in my experience, although prison is possible for an offense like yours, unless the amount in question is staggeringly large, which I doubt, a lawyer can generally negotiate a pre-indictment deal for you of five years of probation with restitution to the state.
I have represented many of these cases over the years and never seen one where probation was not available, unless the defendant was a predicate felon and ineligible for it.