A Buffalo woman, who formerly worked for the IRS and as a health care aide, pleaded guilty Friday to theft of $11,455 by filing phony unemployment benefit claims.
Candace Walker, 33, received the money from Jan. 10, 2010 to Oct. 2, 2011 while working both as an IRS contact representative and a staffer at the Schofield Residence, investigators said. She faces a prison term of up to one year or a fine of up to $100,000 or both when she is sentencing by U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott on Oct. 7.
The giveaway was the return address.
When the Bergen County couple filing for unemployment certified they were “able and looking for work,” they did so the same way thousands of others do from home every week — by logging into the state Department of Labor website.Read More →
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Mother and Daughter from Newark Sentenced in Unemployment Benefits Scam,” written by Thomas Zambito and published by NJ.com on February 18, 2014.
NEWARK — A mother and daughter from Newark have each been sentenced to 15 years in prison for scamming the state’s unemployment benefits fund out of nearly $600,000, prosecutors say.
Janice Allen, 57, and her daugther, Janice Dilligard, 37, were sentenced in Mercer County on Friday. They were convicted in December on charges they filed phony unemployment benefit claims for relatives and others, some of whom were dead.Read More →
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Ohio to Confiscate Jobless-benefit Fraudsters’ Federal Tax Refunds,” written by Catherine Candisky and published by The Columbus Dispatch on February 14, 2014.
If you’ve cheated to get jobless benefits, you may forgo your federal income-tax refund.
For the first time this year, Ohio will begin seizing federal refunds headed to Ohioans who have defrauded the unemployment compensation system, state officials announced yesterday.Read More →
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Good news, Kansans! Because of legislative changes passed last year, the state Department of Labor says it has managed to reclaim $17.1 million in unemployment insurance funds that were mistakenly paid out during fiscal year 2013.
While that figure marks an 18 percent increase compared to the previous [...]
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “New fine for unemployment fraud boosts state’s coffers” by Barbara Soderlin posted by Omaha World-Herald Monday, November 18, 2013.
Get caught cheating on your unemployment benefits, and you’ll have to do more than pay the money back. The Nebraska Department of Labor is now fining people who deliberately misstate earnings in a fraudulent attempt to collect benefits.
The 15 percent fine went into effect Oct. 1. In the first month it resulted in an extra $27,000 assessed in 278 cases of fraud, department officials said. The department expects to bring in an extra $200,000 to $250,000 per year because of the fines.Read More →