Newark to discipline employees charged with stealing unemployment benefits

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on November 01, 2014

NEWARK — Newark's government has taken disciplinary action against three employees who were charged with stealing unemployment benefits, according to a city spokesman.

City spokeswoman Sakina Cole did not elaborate in a statement on the disciplinary action citing the pending litigation.

Earlier this week, the Essex County Prosecutors Office announced charges against Balaal Lewis, 38, Tawanda Faulcon, 44, Tyrone Farrington, 43, all of Newark for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits.

Lewis was employed by the city's recycling department, while Faulcon worked as a crossing guard. Farrington worked in the sanitation department, according to Essex County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Kathy Carter

According to the city, Lewis was hired in August of 2008, while Faulcon was joined the city's workforce in November of 2001. Farrington was hired in August of 1995.

The individuals allegedly collected between $7,000 to $23,000 each, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

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