WorkForce West Virginia Recovers Money from Fraudulent Unemployment Benefit Claims

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WorkForce West Virginia Recovers Money from Fraudulent Unemployment Benefit Claims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Unemployment Compensation Division of WorkForce West Virginia announced today that $119,114.77 in fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits was recovered during the first quarter of 2010.

The division detected fraud in claims filed by 168 individuals during the period and requested warrants on 76 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: Boone, Calhoun, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha,  Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Nicholas, Putnam, Roane, Taylor, Wayne, Wood and Wyoming.

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Media note: The Privacy Act of 1974 does not permit WorkForce West Virginia to disclose the names of claimants penalized for fraud.

CONTACT: James Osborne, Benefit Payment Control, 304-558-3306
Jama L. Jarrett, Public Information Specialist, 304-558-2003, ext. 341