Ketchikan man charged with taking false benefits

Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2011

KETCHIKAN — A former Ketchikan school board member has been charged with second-degree theft and lying to collect unemployment benefits.

Prosecutors say Patrick Johnston received about $7,000 from the state between April 16 and Sept. 28, 2009, at the same time he worked for a bus company and Alaska Broadcasting Communications.

Prosecutors say Johnson did not report earnings while he filed for benefits, that he claimed he did not work for an employer, and that when he did report wages, he grossly underreported his actual earnings.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports Johnston was elected to the school board in October 2008 and that he filed his resignation letter Dec. 21. He had told the newspaper he resigned because he and his wife were moving.

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