WorkForce West Virginia Recovers Money from Fraudulent Unemployment Benefit Claims

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WorkForce West Virginia Recovers Money from Fraudulent Unemployment Benefit Claims

CHARLESTON, W.VA. –  The Unemployment Compensation Division of WorkForce West Virginia announced today that $147,419.28 in fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits was recovered during the third quarter of 2010.

The division detected fraud in claims filed by 165 individuals during the period and requested warrants on 84 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, Berkeley, Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Harrison, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monongalia, Pleasant, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Tucker, Upshur, Wood and Wyoming.

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Media note: WorkForce West Virginia does not release names of residents penalized for fraud.

For Immediate Release: Nov. 8, 2010

Media Contact: Gail Vititoe, Benefit Payment Control, 304-558-3306
                         Courtney Sisk, Communications Specialist, Department of Commerce, 304-957-9341