PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Seven individuals from Rhode Island and one from Massachusetts are facing charges in an investigation into the fraudulent collection of unemployment benefits totaling more than $100,000.

Rhode Island State Police say the eight were arrested on Tuesday and charged with obtaining money under false pretenses. Together, they are alleged to have illegally collected benefits totaling $107,688. The highest amount allegedly collected by any one individual is $21,295.

The accused are from Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston, Johnston, North Kingstown and Fall River, Mass. Authorities say each was arraigned and released on personal recognizance.

State police, the state Department of Labor and Training and the state attorney general's office are partnering on the effort to investigate and prosecute unemployment fraud.

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