Butler County woman convicted of unemployment compensation fraud

Published 3:45 pm Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Butler County woman has been convicted for unemployment compensation fraud.

Charlene E. Stone, of Greenville, was convicted of violating the Alabama Unemployment Compensation Law by making false statements in claims for benefits.

An investigation by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section revealed that Stone had received a total of $2,586 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

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Stone pleaded guilty in Butler County District Court and repaid the money.

“We at the Alabama Department of Labor want people to know that we are aggressively pursuing cases of unemployment compensation fraud,” Commissioner Tom Surtees said. “Especially in these economic times, we want to make sure that all who are entitled to benefits receive them. But at the same time, we will not allow those who deliberately try to defraud the system to go unpunished. We are working with the local district attorneys to make sure that we can identify and prosecute those individuals who are committing crimes.”