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Many others were caught in unemployment insurance fraud
Staff Reports
AUSTIN ­- The Texas Workforce Commission warns criminal prosecutions for Unemployment Insurance fraud are being pursued aggressively.

During the first quarter of 2007, 20 Dallas-area claimants were prosecuted for fraud with restitution ordered in these prosecutions totaling $114,359.

The Dallas-area claimants are among 51 prosecuted for fraud statewide with restitution ordered totaling $295,937 statewide for the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund.

George W. Taylor, 32, of Ellis County was convicted of state jail felony securing execution of document by deception.

Taylor was sentenced to five years regular probation, and was ordered to pay $5,248 restitution and a $500 fine, and to perform 120 hours community service.

TWC enforces all regulatory statutes within the jurisdiction of the agency, including UI Tax, Workforce, Trade Act, Skills Development, Self-Sufficiency, Child Care and all other programs TWC administers.

TWC has made prevention, detection and elimination of fraud and abuse a priority, ensuring that funds are available exclusively to those who meet the eligibility requirements.

TWC administers UI benefits to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own and are actively seeking work.

Through its Fraud Detection Department, TWC regularly cross-matches UI claims with employer wage reports and other databases to detect possible UI fraud.

When TWC discovers that claimants have received UI benefits through fraudulent applications, the agency seeks immediate reimbursement of overpayments.

Examples of UI fraud include giving false information and failure to report self-employment or other earnings while receiving UI benefits.

Once fraud is detected, criminal charges, including felony charges if supported by the facts, are pursued with the appropriate state district attorney offices.

Conviction may result in incarceration and/or restitution and may invoke additional charges for court costs and fines, and require community service.

To learn about TWC's fraud initiatives or how to report it, visit the TWC Web site at www.texaswork force.org and select 'Report Fraud.'

Anyone wishing to report suspected program abuse, waste or fraud related to UI or any other TWC program may e-mail twc.fraud@twc.state.tx.us.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous may use the toll-free TWC Fraud and Abuse Hotline - (800) 252-3642.

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