Ex-District worker sentenced for unemployment fraud

Local,DC,Alan Blinder

A judge has sentenced a former D.C. employee to probation for collecting unemployment benefits while on the city's payroll.

Danika Washington, who worked for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, will serve five years of probation and pay restitution, court records show. D.C. Superior Court Judge Herbert Dixon Jr. also sentenced Washington to a year in prison and three years of supervised release, but he suspended those parts of the sentence.

Washington pleaded guilty in May to a single count of second-degree fraud for claiming $18,341 in jobless benefits while she was a city employee. Authorities said Washington carried out the scheme over an 11-month span, even though city records show she was making $42,755 a year ahead of her exit from municipal government.

Washington was not the only city worker caught double-dipping. The District said in February that scores of employees had been collecting unemployment checks while working for the city. The D.C. government has already filed civil lawsuits against more than a dozen workers and has not ruled out additional criminal prosecutions.

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