Monday, April 06, 2009

Labor Dept. Finds 39 Fraudulently Using Unemployment

The Missouri Department of Labor reports that audits of unemployment insurance have lead to 39 people pleading guilty to fraud charges.

According to Director Larry Rebman, routine audits revealed that 39 ineligible individuals received the benefits. "These individuals provided false information on weekly applications for UI benefits which caused benefits to be paid improperly," said Rebman in a release.

The individuals are charged with stealing by deceit and are court ordered to pay close to $150,000 in restitution. Those charged face a Class C felony and will be ordered to make restitution.

Rebman says HB916 would prevent those with outstanding penalties due to fraud, receiving unemployment insurance.

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