Five members of Laborers Local 91 were arrested Tuesday for allegedly falsifying documents to collect more supplemental unemployment money than they were entitled to, Assistant Niagara County District Attorney Timothy P. Murphy said.
The arrests were made after officials from the union notified the district attorney's office about the matter, Murphy said.
Charged with tampering with public records and second-degree falsifying business records were Roger Murphy, 30, of 466 23rd St., David DiMarco, 53, of 2750 LaSalle Ave., James McKeown, 41, of 1305 Ashland Ave., Glen Considine, 45, of 4 Licata Drive, Town of Niagara, and Anthony Rossi, 40, of 1821 North Ave., Officer William Caso said.
Considine and Rossi also were charged with third-degree grand larceny, Officer Charles Fink said.
Murphy said the men applied for the extra unemployment money through the union and the state Labor Department by filling out forms that falsely made it appear they were owed more cash benefits than they were entitled to.
Considine and Rossi were accused of applying for and receiving more than $1,000 in benefits they were not entitled to. The others applied for less than $1,000, police said.