Man Slapped With Sentence, Unemployment Fraud

By Kevin Kitt

Man Slapped With Sentence, Unemployment Fraud

June 14, 2013 Updated Dec 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - A Noble County man pleaded guilty last Thursday to unemployment insurance fraud.

The Noble County Circuit Court heard the case of David L. Detweiler, 41, of unemployment insurance fraud, a Class D felony. Detweiler purposefully defrauded the system by collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working full-time.

According to officials, the investigation began when the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) received notice from Detweiler's employer indicating he was working full-time while collecting benefits. Using agency records and the information from Detweiler's employer, DWD investigated and was able to verify he was, in fact working full-time while collecting benefits.

Each month, officials with the DWD sends employers a notice documenting their charges for former employees' unemployment insurance benefits. This provides the employer an opportunity to dispute the claim for unemployment insurance benefits.

Detweiler was sentenced to three years on probation, but will serve the entire term in prison if he violates the terms of his probation. Officials say he was also ordered to repay DWD $12,378 for the benefits he fraudulently collected.

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