MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Four River Region residents were convicted in May for claiming and receiving unemployment benefits to which they were not entitled, according to the Alabama Department of Labor.
Department of Labor investigations revealed that:
- Jack Seale of Clanton received $4,985
- Barasker Blake of Wetumpka received $4,779
- Jordan Davis, also of Wetumpka, received $1,428
- Joseph Moore of Opelika received $1,872
All four residents pled guilty in their county circuit courts and were ordered to repay the benefits along with court fees. They were also all sentenced to jail time ranging from 30 days to one year, but their sentences were suspended. Seale, Blake, and Davis were placed on two-year probationary periods.
"Unemployment compensation benefits can serve as a lifeline to those who truly need them," said Fitzgerald Washington, secretary of the Alabama Department of Labor. "However, we want to send a message to those who would knowingly defraud the system in order to obtain benefits they aren't entitled to: This is a crime and you will be prosecuted."
Department of Labor investigators work continuously to identify and prosecute those committing those crimes, Washington added.
The Department asks that those suspecting fraud can report it by calling 1-800-392-8019.