Winchester man is convicted of obtaining money by false pretenses

Virginia’s Attorney General Jason Miyares reports the conviction of  a Winchester man for  obtaining money through false pretenses.

A Winchester City Circuit Court jury convicted Ajarhi Roberts on those charges Wednesday, February 21.

With that conviction Roberts will face five years in prison with all but 4 months suspended, on condition of supervised probation and restitution.

Roberts is ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution to the Virginia Employment Commission.

Back in March of 2022 the Virginia Employment Commission asked Attorney General Miyares to help in the prosecution of fraudulent unemployment compensation claims.

The Roberts conviction and others are the result of the joint investigations by Virginia State Police, the Inspector General’s Offices of the U.S. Departments of Labor, and Postal Service.

Miyares called Unemployment Fraud a cruel way to take advantage of the system that was designed to help Virginians who were down on their luck.

The Attorney General’s Fraud Unit is dedicated to bringing these cases to justice.

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