Two Women Convicted of Unemployment Compensation Fraud
A pair of East Alabama women have been convicted of Unemployment Compensation Fraud. According to a press release from the Alabama Department of Labor, Beeta Robinson was recently found guilty of 2nd Degree Theft of Property in Etowah County Circuit Court. Robinson was charged with receiving a total of $2,260 in benefits to which she was not entitled. She pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 123 months in jail – which was split to actually serve 12 months. Robinson was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution. Pamela Slater of Anniston was convicted of making false statements in claims for benefits. She was tried in Calhoun County District Court. Slater pleaded guilty to receiving $2,312 in benefits to which she was not entitled. She was sentenced to one year in jail – which was suspended for two years pending restitution and two years of probation. Department of Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees says that his department wants to make sure that everyone who is entitled to benefits receives them – but at the same time, they will not allow those who try to defraud the system to go unpunished.