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Sentenced to probation for scamming state of unemployment insurance benefits

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Since May 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana has prosecuted and convicted five persons of fraudulently collecting government funds in the form of unemployment insurance benefit payments from the State of Indiana.

The last of those five, Christina Glen, 43, of LaPorte, was sentenced on Thursday to two years of probation and ordered to pay $15,210 in restitution after pleading guilty to the felony offense of theft of government funds, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

According to documents filed in this case, Glen and four other persons fraudulently collected government funds in the form of unemployment insurance benefit payments from the State of Indiana. These persons worked for the same company in Michigan City and, while receiving wages, fraudulently applied for and received benefit payments to which they were not entitled. The total amount of restitution to be paid to the State of Indiana by each defendant ranged from $15,000 to $25,000 but collectively amounted to $97,523.

Previously convicted in this investigation were the following:

* Keith Galassi, 33, of Michigan City, sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $15,210 after pleading guilty to theft of government funds.

* Deandre Grant, 36, of Michigan City, sentenced to three years of probation with six months of home detention and ordered to pay restitution of $19,657 after pleading guilty to theft of government funds.

* Terry Smith, 33, of Michigan City, sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $18,330 after pleading guilty to theft of government funds.

* Leon Thomas, 38, of Lynwood, Ill., sentenced to two years of imprisonment after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft. Thomas worked and collected unemployment insurance benefit payments at the same company in Michigan City under a stolen identity.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor-Office of the Inspector General and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

 

 

Posted 9/13/2013