Philadelphia Mailhandler Sentenced For Unemployment Compensation Fraud

HARRISBURG- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jamal High, age 37, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to 24 months of probation by United States Middle District Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner in Harrisburg, for knowingly making false statements in order to obtain unemployment compensation.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, High was employed by the United States Postal Service as a mail handler in the Philadelphia Main Office. From July 2012 through September 2014, High submitted forms to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in order to receive unemployment compensation, even when fully employed by the United States Postal Service.

Chief Judge Conner also ordered High to pay $12,856 in restitution to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chelsea Schinnour.