2 SC residents plead guilty to benefits fraud

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Two Orangeburg County residents must repay the government about $40,000 for fraudulently receiving unemployment benefits.

South Carolina's unemployment agency announced Thursday that 32-year-old Richard Boyd and 48-year-old Quintilla Haigler pleaded guilty this week to making a false statement in order to deceive the government.

The Department of Employment and Workforce says the two received payments after certifying to the agency they were unemployed, but an investigation found they were working.

Both were sentenced to five years of probation. Boyd must repay $20,000, while Haigler must repay nearly $18,000. Each also must pay the state a $1,500 penalty.

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