AL Man Arrested Of Unemployment Compensation Fraud

Montgomery, AL (CompNewsNetwork) - Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees announced today that a Montgomery man has been arrested and convicted for making false statements in claims for unemployment compensation benefits. This is a violation of the Alabama Unemployment Compensation Law.

Kenneth W. Patterson, of Montgomery, was tried in the Montgomery County District Court on April 6, 2009. An investigation by the Industrial Relations Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Patterson received a total of $3,073.00 in unemployment compensation benefits to which he was not entitled.

Patterson was found guilty and received a suspended one year jail sentence and six months on supervised probation, in addition to repaying the amount of illegally received benefits and court costs.

"The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, in cooperation with the offices of local District Attorneys, is continuing to actively pursue indictments and arrests of those who allegedly draw unemployment compensation benefits illegally," said Surtees. "The successful prosecution of these cases helps to maintain the integrity of the state's Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, which is used to pay benefits to citizens who are truly qualified to receive the money."

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