WILKES-BARRE — An area disc jockey and car salesman was charged Wednesday with receiving more than $25,000 in unemployment compensation while he worked two jobs.
Mark Charles Thomas, 52, whose last known address is North Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, was charged by Luzerne County detectives with theft, tampering with public records and unsworn falsification to authorities. He was arraigned by District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
Thomas was employed at MotorWorld in Wilkes-Barre and Entercom Communications as a disc jockey for 102.3 FM, The Mountain radio station. His profile appears on the radio station’s website.
According to the criminal complaint:
Thomas filed an unemployment claim via the Internet on July 9, 2010, and was awarded $226 per week. Thomas renewed the unemployment claim in January 2011 and received $230 per week.
An unemployment compensation interviewer in July 2011 discovered Thomas significantly under-reported earnings from MotorWorld on MotorWorld Drive, Wilkes-Barre, and Entercom Communications on state Route 315, Pittston Township, the complaint says.
The two companies completed an unemployment review form listing Thomas’ earnings in 2010 and 2011.
Detectives claim Thomas was overpaid unemployment compensation in the amount of $25,631.
Thomas declined comment to reporters after he was arraigned.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 11.