MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT) – The Alabama Department of Labor announced several Alabamians have been successfully prosecuted for unemployment compensation fraud.
The cases come from Butler, Greene, Etowah, Tuscaloosa, and Talladega counties.
A total of $39,810 went out to seven individuals who either received the benefits illegally, or received benefits that they were not entitled to.
Four people were charged with a misdemeanor violation by making false statements in claims for benefits, and three people were charged with theft of property after receiving amounts they were not entitled to.
According to ADOL, all the individuals have been ordered to pay back the money.
“Unemployment compensation benefits can serve as a lifeline to those who truly need them,” said ADOL Secretary Fitzgerald Washington. “However, we want to send a message to those who would knowingly defraud the system in order to obtain benefits they aren’t entitled to: This is a crime and you will be prosecuted.”
“Our investigators are continuously working with local District Attorney Offices in order to identify and prosecute those individuals who are committing these crimes. I would also like to remind employers that their timely reporting of new hires is one of the best tools we have to prevent unemployment fraud.”
ADOL says if you suspect unemployment compensation fraud, you should report it by calling 1-800-392-8019.
More information here.