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Five found guilty in benefits fraud cases

Published 11:36am Friday, May 3, 2013

Five Tallapoosa County residents have been sentenced for unemployment compensation fraud, according to a release from the Alabama Department of Labor.

The five individuals were tried and convicted in the Tallapoosa County District Court and were responsible for $12,819 in fraudulent claims.

Shakreea Q. Tensley, of Camp Hill, pled guilty to receiving a total of $1,884 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

Tensley was sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended pending restitution of the full amount of fraudulent benefits received.

Starsky L. McNeal, of Alexander City, was found guilty of receiving a total of $3,067 in benefits to which he was not entitled. McNeal was found guilty and sentenced to two years in jail. The sentence was suspended as the full amount of benefits received were recovered prior to the court date.

Tylanda Buckner, of Alexander City, pled guilty to receiving a total of $2,492 in fraudulent benefits. Buckner was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended pending restitution of the full amount of fraudulent benefits received.

Synethia D. Spradley, of Alexander City, pled guilty to receiving $870 in fraudulent claims. Spradley was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended for two years pending restitution. Spradley was required to pay restitution and sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation.

Tashea Ragland, of Alexander City, pled guilty to receiving $4,506 in fraudulent claims. Ragland was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended for two years pending restitution. Ragland also received two years of unsupervised probation.

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