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[DWD] Logansport Woman Pleads Guilty to Unemployment Insurance Fraud
Start Date: 5/2/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/2/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS  – Logansport resident Shawna L. Osburn, 41, pled guilty last Thursday in Cass County Circuit Court to unemployment insurance fraud, a Class D Felony. Osburn purposefully defrauded the system by underreporting wages earned from a part time job so she could receive more unemployment insurance benefits than what she was entitled to.

The investigation began when an Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) employee was notified by Osburn’s employer that she was receiving more in wages from a part time job than she was reporting to the agency. Using agency records and other information from Osburn’s employer, DWD investigated and was able to verify she was indeed falsifying the information she provided to the Department.

“Purposefully deceiving the agency so you can receive more benefits than you are entitled to is stealing, plain and simple,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “We appreciate the diligence of Ms. Osburn’s employer to help safeguard these funds for Hoosiers truly in need.”

Osburn was ordered to repay the $18,421 in benefits she fraudulently collected. She was also sentenced to 3 years probation, but will serve the time in prison if she violates the terms of her plea agreement.

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 collecting only the amount of unemployment insurance benefits they are entitled to.

You can also 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 only paid 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 in regards to unemployment insurance fraud.

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Contact Information:
Name: Joe Frank
Phone: 317-234-7671
Email: jfrank@dwd.in.gov
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