Wabash County man pleads guilty to unemployment insurance fraud

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INDIANAPOLIS (Press Release) – Wabash resident Jimmy Starr, 38, pled guilty to unemployment insurance fraud in Wabash County Circuit Court on Oct. 22, 2018. Through the use of agency records, an Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) employee began an investigation and determined that Starr was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits.

Starr received one and a half years, with one year ordered to be under electronic home detention and six months suspended to probation. He had already paid DWD the restitution he had owed.

DWD receives wage reports and new hire data from Hoosier employers documenting who is employed and receiving compensation. The agency uses this information to ensure people are not collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working.

Since 2013, Indiana courts have ordered fraudsters to repay millions in restitution to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. “Combatting fraud preserves employer-paid monies in the trust fund for those individuals who are truly in need of unemployment insurance benefits,” said Regina Ashley, DWD, Chief Unemployment Insurance and Workforce Solutions Officer.

You can help combat unemployment insurance fraud and abuse by reporting it online at www.in.gov/dwd/fraud.

Your efforts will help ensure tax dollars are spent wisely and unemployment insurance benefits are paid only to people who are eligible to receive them. You do not need to provide your name or any other identifying information in order to file a complaint.

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