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[DWD] Michigan City Man Pleads Guilty to Unemployment Insurance Fraud
Start Date: 6/25/2013Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Date: 6/25/2013End Time: 10:30 AM
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INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan City resident Terry W. Smith, 44, pled guilty last Friday in the Northern Indiana U.S. District Court in South Bend to unemployment insurance fraud, a Class C Felony. Smith purposefully defrauded the system by collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working full-time. 

The investigation began when Smith’s employer received a notice from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) stating they were being charged for his unemployment insurance benefits. The employer notified DWD that Smith was working full-time by completing a form that allows employers to dispute claims for unemployment insurance. This form is available online at Using agency records and information from the company, DWD investigated and was able to verify Smith worked full-time while receiving unemployment insurance benefits. 

“Every time Mr. Smith filed for benefits while he was working a full-time job, he knew he was committing a crime. His actions were blatant,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “When an individual fraudulently collects unemployment benefits they take funds away from those who are truly in need and cost Hoosier businesses money.” 

Smith was sentenced to three years probation, but will serve the time in prison if he violates the conditions of his plea agreement. He must also repay DWD $18,330 for the benefits he fraudulently collected. 

Each month, DWD sends employers a notice documenting their charges for former employees’ unemployment insurance benefits. This provides employers an opportunity to dispute claims for unemployment insurance benefits.

You can also help combat unemployment insurance fraud and abuse by reporting it online at 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.


Contact Information:
Name: Joe Frank
Phone: 317-234-7671
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