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Two found guilty of fraud

Published 12:01pm Friday, February 8, 2013

Two individuals were tried and charged in Tallapoosa County with violating the Alabama Unemployment Compensation Law by making false statements in claims for benefits.

Corey Glenn, of Alexander City, was tried in Tallapoosa County District Court on Jan. 14, 2013. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Glenn received a total of $5,784 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Glenn pled guilty and was sentenced to twelve 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.

Justin W. Maske, of Notasulga, was tried in Tallapoosa County District Court on Jan. 29, 2013. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Maske received a total of $4,080 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Maske pled guilty and was sentenced to 12 months in jail, which was suspended for two years pending restitution. He was also required to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees made the announcement Thursday morning.

A total of 14 individuals, including the two Tallapoosa County individuals mentioned, were found to have received benefits fraudulently.

“We at the Alabama Department of Labor want people to know that we are aggressively pursuing cases of unemployment compensation fraud,” said Surtees. “Especially in these economic times, we want to make sure that all who are entitled to benefits receive them. 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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