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Two plea guilty for fraud

Published 11:52am Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Two Alexander City residents have been prosecuted for unemployment compensation fraud, along with several other Alabamians, according to Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees.

“We at the Alabama Department of Labor want people to know that we are aggressively pursuing cases of unemployment compensation fraud,” Surtees said.

Larry D. Marbury, of Alexander City, was tried in Tallapoosa County District Court on Dec. 4, 2012.

An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Marbury received a total of $5,785 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Marbury pled guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended for one year pending restitution. He was also required to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

Glenn E. Bowen, of Alexander City, was also tried in Tallapoosa County District Court on Dec. 4, 2012.

An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Bowen received a total of $2,778 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Bowen pled guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended for one year pending restitution. He was also required to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

“In these economic times, we want to make sure that all who are entitled to benefits receive them,” Surtees said. “But at the same time, we will not allow those who deliberately try to defraud the system to go unpunished. We are working with local District Attorney Offices to make sure that we can identify and prosecute those individuals who are committing these crimes.”

Suspected unemployment compensation fraud may be reported to the Alabama Department of Labor by calling 1-800-392-8019.

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