Convictions for Unemployment Fraud
The Alabama Department of Labor announces a new round of convictions for unemployment fraud – including four people in the East Alabama Community. Barry Oden of Jacksonville was sentenced to one year in jail – which was suspended pending restitution – after pleading guilty to receiving more than 16-hundred dollars in benefits to which he was not entitled. Tiffany Ingram of Pell City pleaded guilty to illegally receiving more than 21-hundred dollars in benefits. She was sentenced to one year in jail – which was suspended – and order to pay restitution and court costs. Temeschica Chatman of Talladega was given one year of supervised probation and order to pay restitution after her guilty plea to receiving more than 45-hundred dollars in benefits. And Lloyd Sanders of Munford was sentenced to one year in the Talladega County Jail – of which he will serve three months – and 18-months of supervised probation. Sanders pled guilty to receiving more than $12,500 in illegal benefits. Department of Labor Director – Tom Surtees – says that his office is working very closely with local county D.A.’s to make sure that those who are deliberately defrauding the system do not go unpunished. He also reminds businesses that their timely reporting of new hires is the best tool his office has for combating Unemployment Fraud.