Man convicted on unemployment comp. fraud charges

MONTGOMERY- A Montgomery man has been convicted of charges of making false statements when he claimed unemployment compensation benifits said Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees.

The act is a violation of the Alabama Unemployment Compensation Law.

The man, identified as Kenneth W. Patterson, was tried and convicted in the Montgomery County District Court on April 6, 2009.

An investigation by the Industrial Relations Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Patterson received a total of $3,073.00 in unemployment compensation benefits that he was not entitled.

Patterson was found guilty and received a suspended one year jail sentence and six months on supervised probation, in addition to repaying the amount of illegally received benefits and court costs.

"The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, in cooperation with the offices of local District Attorneys, is continuing to actively pursue indictments and arrests of those who allegedly draw unemployment compensation benefits illegally," said Surtees. "The successful prosecution of these cases helps to maintain the integrity of the state's Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, which is used to pay benefits to citizens who are truly qualified to receive the money."

Suspected unemployment compensation fraud may be reported to the Department of Industrial Relations by calling this toll-free number: 1-800-392-8019.