Three Baltimore residents were indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a scheme to claim at least $409,000 in Maryland unemployment benefits, prosecutors said Thursday.
As part of the scheme, according to the office, Smith filed false quarterly reports with the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation "under the names of fictitious Maryland companies, including the Maryland Institute of Charity." This was done to make it appear that the people named in the false unemployment-benefits claims had worked earlier at the companies and would therefore be eligible for jobless assistance, prosecutors said.
An indictment is a formal accusation. The defendants are scheduled to appear Friday in federal court in Baltimore.