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[DWD] Shelbyville Man Pleads Guilty to Unemployment Insurance Fraud
Start Date: 6/28/2013Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Date: 6/28/2013End Time: 2:00 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS – Shelbyville resident Ty L. Simmons, 51, pled guilty Thursday, June 13 in Shelby County Circuit Court to unemployment insurance fraud, a Class C Felony. Simmons purposefully defrauded the system by collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working full-time. 

The investigation began when a claims adjudicator with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) was alerted by Indiana’s online benefit filing system that Simmons was receiving wages from a full-time job during the weeks he filed for benefits. Using agency records and information from Simmons’ employer, DWD investigated and was able to verify Simmons did, in fact, work full-time while receiving unemployment insurance benefits. 

In addition, 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. 

“Mr. Simmons’ conviction underscores the effectiveness of the many tools the agency now has to detect fraud,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “If you try to abuse the system, we will find you and you will be prosecuted.” 

Simmons was sentenced to four years probation, but will serve the time in prison if he violates the conditions of his plea agreement. He must also complete 30 hours of community service, two years of home detention, as well as repay DWD $17,144 for the benefits he fraudulently collected.

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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