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Prosecutors: Metro east man used jobless benefits for Hooters' bill

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois businessman who prosecutors say was illegally using jobless benefits to pay tabs at a Hooters restaurant and a hotel in Costa Rica faces more federal charges.

 

A new indictment Tuesday added four counts against 58-year-old James Quirin of Sauget. Those alleged felonies include tax evasion and false filing.

 

Quirin's already facing eight counts related to his alleged theft of government money after investigators say he misused a debit card given to people collecting unemployment benefits. Authorities say Quirin charged his Hooters tab and hundreds of dollars in hotel expenses to the debit card in March 2010.

 

Quirin is accused of working for an excavating firm and fraudulently getting more than $44,000 in unemployment benefits.

 

A message was left Wednesday with his attorney, Ronald Jenkins.

 

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