A judge has sentenced a New Jersey man to 18 years in state prison for his role in what prosecutors say was one of the largest thefts from a government assistance program.
Terry Dilligard II pleaded guilty to theft by deception and money laundering. The 39-year-old Newark resident also agreed to repay $1 million.
Authorities say Dilligard admitted conspiring with his ex-girlfriend and father to defraud the state out of nearly $1.5 million in unemployment benefits. Prosecutors say claims were filed in the names of co-conspirators and under the names of people who had their identities stolen.
His girlfriend was sentenced to 5 years in prison and charges are pending against his 60-year-old father.