Officials with the Department of Workforce Development say a former Racine woman stole over $11,000 in unemployment benefits even while she was working.

Holly Chabbouh, 35, was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of theft. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Chabbouh filed unemployment claims between October 2011 and September 2012 under a previous name of Holly Christensen. She was paid a total of $11,413 even though she was working at the time.

When fraud investigators located her last June, they say she admitted that she defrauded the state but said she did it because she’d been going through a divorce, had just had a baby and was also dealing with cancer. She also inquired about how to start paying back the debt.

Chabbouh was assigned a $5,000 signature bond at her initial appearance Thursday. Her next court date is Nov. 15 for a preliminary hearing. Chabbouh now lives in Texas.

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