Charleston, W.Va. – The Unemployment Compensation Division of WorkForce West Virginia announced today that $91,487.70 in fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits was recovered during the fourth quarter of 2009.
The division detected fraud in claims filed by 139 individuals during the period and requested warrants on 91 of those cases.
In all cases where fraud is detected, the claimants are penalized. Penalties include a 52-week disqualification from receiving future unemployment benefits, repayment of overpaid benefits, possible fines and jail time, and potential civil suits.
Warrants were issued for unemployment fraud to residents in the following counties: Barbour, Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Grant, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Ohio, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Summers and Wayne.
Media note: The Privacy Act of 1974 does not permit WorkForce West Virginia to disclose the names of claimants penalized for fraud.
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For Immediate Release: Jan. 20, 2010
Media Contact: James Osborne, Benefit Payment Control, 304-558-3306
Jama L. Jarrett, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9341