Chester town supervisor accused of illegally collecting unemployment benefits

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The Chester town supervisor is facing criminal charges after allegedly collecting unemployment benefits while on the job.

Alexander Jamieson is accused of collecting unemployment benefits while also being paid a salary as an elected official.

Prosecutors believe the 54-year-old collected about $6,000 in unemployment benefits.

He was indicted on 23 counts in all - a Class D felony count for grand larceny and 22 for offering a false instrument for filing.

Residents in the area are frustrated with the situation.

"He should know better than that, and I'm sure that these guys make good money — they are not scraping for dollars together," said Willy Lake of Chester. "Way to take advantage of the little guy."

Jamieson was appointed to his position in January 2014 when former Supervisor Steve Neuhaus became the Orange County executive.

Officials tell News 12 that Jamieson is still on the job.

Jamieson told News 12 his unemployment application involved losing a job in the banking industry in 2012. He said he will make a formal statement Friday.

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