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Alabama Department of Labor Prosecutes Several for Unemployment Compensation Fraud
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MONTGOMERY – Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington announces that the Department has successfully prosecuted several Alabamians for unemployment compensation fraud. The following individuals were charged with violating the Alabama Unemployment Compensation Law by making false statements in claims for benefits: Jamarious L. Carter, of Anniston, was tried in Calhoun County District Court on October 7, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Carter received a total of $2,140 in benefits to which he was not entitled. Carter pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended for two years pending restitution, and given two years of supervised probation. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. Ashley Lynn McCluskey, of Enterprise, was tried in Coffee County District Court on November 17, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that McCluskey received a total of $3,810 in benefits to which she was not entitled. McCluskey pled guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended for two years, and two years of probation. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. Jason Covington, of Andalusia, was tried in Covington County District Court on September 23, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Covington received a total of $3,194 in benefits to which he was not entitled. Covington pled guilty and was sentenced to two years in jail, which was suspended, and given two years of probation. He was also fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. Demetricia S. Marshall, of Tyler, was tried in Dallas County District Court on November 18, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Marshall received a total of $3,507 in benefits to which she was not entitled. Marshall pled guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was suspended for two years pending restitution, and given two years of unsupervised probation. She was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. David Adams, of Birmingham, was tried in Jefferson County District Court on September 15, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Adams received a total of $3,283 in benefits to which he was not entitled. Adams pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended, and two years of unsupervised probation. He was ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. Kenneth Leon White, of Birmingham, was tried in Jefferson County District Court on September 29, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that White received a total of $7,583 in benefits to which he was not entitled. White pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended, and two years of probation. He was also fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. Reginald Floyd, of Midway, was tried in Macon County District Court on October 15, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Floyd received a total of $2,313 in benefits to which he was not entitled. Floyd pled guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was suspended, and two years of unsupervised probation. He was ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. Steven M. Phillips, of Marion, was tried in Perry County District Court on November 17, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Phillips received a total of $4,505 in benefits to which he was not entitled. Phillips pled guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was suspended for two years pending restitution, and two years of unsupervised probation. He was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. Courtney T. Wilson, of Sylacauga, was tried in Talladega County District Court on November 12, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Wilson received a total of $7,338 in benefits to which he was not entitled. Wilson pled guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in jail, which was suspended for three years pending restitution, and was given three years of unsupervised probation. He was also fined $750 and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. Cecil Griffin, of Tuscaloosa, was tried in Tuscaloosa County District Court on September 18, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Griffin received a total of $1,429 in benefits to which he was not entitled. Griffin pled guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was suspended for 90 days, and given two years of probation. He was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. Dexter Jones, of Moundville, was tried in Tuscaloosa County District Court on October 8, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Jones received a total of $2,051 in benefits to which he was not entitled. Jones pled guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was suspended for 30 days, and given two years of probation pending behavior of the defendant. He was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. Larry Smith, of Tuscaloosa, was tried in Tuscaloosa County District Court on September 24, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Smith received a total of $1,124 in benefits to which he was not entitled. Smith pled guilty and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was suspended for 90 days, and given two years of probation. He was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally. “Unemployment compensation benefits can serve as a lifeline to those who truly need them,” said 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.” Suspected unemployment compensation fraud may be reported to the Alabama Department of Labor by calling 1-800-392-8019. Employers may find more information regarding reporting new hires at http://www.labor.alabama.gov/nh.


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