Sending A Strong Message

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There are a variety of ways a message can be sent, such as via email, through regular mail or over social media. The way the government sends a message to those who try to defraud it is through the court system. A story posted on WTVY.com documents how the Alabama Department of Labor sent a strong message to 12 people who tried to scam the government out of more than $42,000 in unemployment benefits they did not deserve.

It appears that the agency doesn’t go easy on any perpetrator, no matter how small the amount of money stolen. The article documents the prosecution of 12 criminals and their illegally-gained unemployment compensation benefits, which ranged between $2,000 and $7,400. (A little here and a little there added up to $42,277.)

None of the perpetrators will serve prison time. However, most were sentenced to two years of probation, restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally and fines between $100 and $750 plus court costs.

Unemployment compensation benefits are a lifeline to those who have been unable to provide income for themselves or their families. It can mean the difference between having a roof over your head and being out on the street. Let’s hope that the defendants in these cases got the message that the court was trying to send. The government doesn’t put up with anyone who tries to defraud a system set up to help those who qualify for assistance.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”Alabama Department of Labor Prosecutes Several for Unemployment Compensation Fraud,” posted on WTVY.com on November 25, 2014.

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.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.