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Woman Pleads Guilty To Unemployment Insurance Fraud
Updated June 25, 2015 8:14 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(DAVIESS CO.) - Gosport resident 42-year-old Denise M. Smith pled guilty in Daviess County Superior Court to unemployment insurance fraud, a Class D felony.

Smith purposefully defrauded the system by collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working full-time.

The investigation began when an Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) employee confirmed Smith was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits.

Smith was ordered to repay $27,805 in restitution to DWD for the benefits she fraudulently collected. She was also sentenced to one year probation.

DWD receives wage reports and new hire data from Hoosier employers documenting who is employed and receiving compensation. The agency uses this information to ensure people are not collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working.

You can also help combat unemployment insurance fraud and abuse by reporting it online at www.in.gov/dwd/fraud. Your efforts will help ensure tax dollars are spent wisely and unemployment insurance benefits are only paid to people who are eligible to receive them. You do not need to provide your name or any other identifying information in order to file a complaint in regards to unemployment insurance fraud.



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