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[DWD] Additional Unemployment Insurance fraud cases filed
Start Date: 3/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/27/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Marion Co. Prosecutor and Dept. of Workforce Development partnership continues

(Indianapolis, Ind.)  Nine criminal cases have now been filed in Marion County in the first two months of an ongoing state and local partnership to investigate and prosecute fraudulent Unemployment Insurance claims.

In February, Prosecutor Terry Curry and Indiana Department of Workforce Commissioner Scott Sanders announced a partnership to investigate and prosecute individuals accused of fraudulent Unemployment Insurance claims.

“Those who are taking advantage of the system are obviously in fact taking advantage of honest taxpayers,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry stated. “We have now filed nine cases in the first two months, and we would certainly hope that those contemplating cheating to obtain such benefits will get the message that we will find you and prosecute you.”

“I am definitely pleased this partnership is already paying noticeable dividends for the taxpayers of Indiana,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “This is a clear message that we are serious about holding those who commit fraud accountable for their actions and safeguarding these funds for Hoosiers truly in need.”

The first two such cases were filed in Marion County Criminal Court and announced on February 1, and seven additional cases have been filed since then.  The nine cases represent a total of $335,863 in allegedly fraudulent obtained benefits and statutory penalties.  The seven additional cases are as follows.

  • Dewayne Hawkins, Indianapolis, is charged with one count of Welfare Fraud, a Class C Felony, for allegedly claiming and receiving $17,963 in Unemployment Insurance benefits while employed.
  • Clarence McIntosh, Indianapolis, is charged with two counts of Welfare Fraud, a Class C Felony, for allegedly claiming and receiving $14,017 in Unemployment Insurance benefits while employed.
  • Marvin Nistlebeck, Jr., Camby, is charged with one count of Welfare Fraud, a Class C Felony, for allegedly claiming and receiving $30,705 in Unemployment Insurance benefits while employed.
  • Paul Nowlin, Indianapolis, is charged with one count of Welfare Fraud, a Class C Felony, for allegedly claiming and receiving $15,600 in Unemployment Insurance benefits while employed.
  • Christopher Purcell, Indianapolis, is charged with one count of Welfare Fraud, a Class C Felony, and one count of Welfare Fraud, a Class D Felony, for allegedly claiming and receiving $29,359 in Unemployment Insurance benefits while employed.
  • William Purcell, Jr., Indianapolis, is charged with one count of Welfare Fraud, a Class C Felony, and one count of Welfare Fraud, a Class D Felony, for allegedly claiming and receiving $8,963 in Unemployment Insurance benefits while employed.
  • A seventh individual who has not yet been taken into custody is charged with one count of Welfare Fraud, a Class C Felony, for allegedly claiming and receiving $15,210 in Unemployment Insurance benefits while employed. The individual’s name will be released once the warrant in this case has been served.

Two cases filed in February against Paris Vaughn and Jordan Wardrip, both of Indianapolis, are currently pending in Marion County Superior Court.

Working in collaboration, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development investigate cases where fraud is suspected. Once an investigation is complete and substantiated, the Prosecutor will file charges against individuals believed to be intentionally falsifying information to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits, most commonly charged with Welfare Fraud, a class C felony.

Suspicion of Unemployment Insurance fraud should be reported to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development at http://www.in.gov/dwd/2343.htm.

A charge of a crime is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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