Unemployment Insurance Fraud Investigation Yields Three Convictions

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Unemployment Insurance Fraud Investigation Yields Three Convictions

INDIANAPOLIS (June 22, 2017) – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) receives wage reports and new hire data from Hoosier employers documenting who is employed and receiving compensation. The agency’s unemployment insurance fraud investigation taskforce examines claims of individuals who intentionally provide false, misreported or unreported information in order to fraudulently claim benefits. As a result of the taskforce’s investigations, local courts recently found these individuals guilty of unemployment insurance fraud:

  • Jean D. Darden, 35, of Indianapolis was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to repay DWD $11,573 for the benefits she fraudulently collected.
  • Michelle Grundy, 40, of Indianapolis was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to repay DWD $10,207.30 for the benefits she fraudulently collected.
  • Erma J. Kennedy, 54, of Indianapolis was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to repay DWD $11,739.45 for the benefits she fraudulently collected.

Since 2014, Indiana courts have ordered fraudsters to repay $8.3 million in restitution to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. “Combatting fraud preserves employer-paid monies in the trust fund for those individuals whom are truly in need of unemployment insurance benefits,” said Kate Shelby, DWD, Unemployment Insurance Operations Director.

You can help combat unemployment insurance fraud and abuse by reporting it online at www.in.gov/dwd/fraud. Your efforts will assist the agency in ensuring that tax dollars are spent wisely and unemployment insurance benefits are paid only 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.


For additional information, contact:

Kayli Schroeder, 317-232-7358, kschroeder@dwd.in.gov

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