Alabama Department of Labor

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald Washington announced today that the Department has successfully prosecuted several Alabamians for unemployment compensation fraud. The following individuals were charged with violating the Alabama Unemployment Compensation Law by making false statements in claims for benefits:

 Michael Randolph, of Union Springs, was tried in Bullock County District Court on June 15, 2015. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Randolph received a total of $10,644 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Randolph pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail and given 60 months of unsupervised probation. He was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

 Kerry L. Davis, of Irondale, was tried in Jefferson County District Court on June 17, 2015. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Davis received a total of $2,668 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Davis pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended, and given two years of unsupervised probation. He was also fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

The following individuals were charged with Theft of Property 1st Degree:

 Robert B. Fincher, of Mobile, was tried in Mobile County Circuit Court on April 2, 2015.

An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Fincher received a total of $4,509 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Fincher pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended for two years pending restitution, and given two years of probation. He was assessed a $50 victim’s fee and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

 Angelica Jackson, of Mobile, was tried in Mobile County Circuit Court on June 22, 2015.

An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Jackson received a total of $3,347 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

Jackson pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended for two years pending restitution, and given two years of supervised probation. She was fined $100, assessed a $50 victim’s fee, and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

 Marcellus G. Locke, of Mobile, was tried in Mobile County Circuit Court on December 1, 2014. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Locke received a total of $8,287 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Locke pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended for two years pending restitution, and given two years of supervised probation. He was fined $100, assessed a $50 victim’s fee, and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

 Michael J. Lutin, of Mobile, was tried in Mobile County Circuit Court on May 20, 2015.

An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Lutin received a total of $1,382 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Lutin pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended for two years pending restitution, and given two years of supervised probation. He was fined $100, assessed a $50 victim’s fee, and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

 Howard L. Pugh, of Fulton, was tried in Clarke County Circuit Court on March 18, 2015.

An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Pugh received a total of $9,078 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Pugh pled guilty and was sentenced to three years in jail, suspended for three years pending restitution, and given three years of supervised probation. He was assessed a $50 victim’s fee and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

 Linda Thomas, of Mobile, was tried in Mobile County Circuit Court on April 8, 2015.

An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Thomas received a total of $4,955 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

Thomas pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended for two years pending restitution, and given two years of probation. She was assessed a $50 victim’s fee and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

 Tabitha Thomas, of Mobile, was tried in Mobile County Circuit Court on June 22, 2015.

An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Thomas received a total of $6,471 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

Thomas pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended for two years pending restitution, and given two years of supervised probation. She was fined $100,

assessed a $50 victim’s fee, and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

The following individuals were charged with Theft of Property 3rd Degree:

 John F. Jones III, of Huntsville, was tried in Madison County Circuit Court on June 12, 2015. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Jones received a total of $1,883 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Jones pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended for two years. He was also fined $100 and ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

 Curtis Parker, of Madison, was tried in Madison County Circuit Court on June 11, 2015.

An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Parker received a total of $2,581 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Parker pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended for two years. He was also ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

“Unemployment compensation benefits can serve as a lifeline to those who truly need them,” said Washington. “However, we want to send a message to those who would knowingly defraud the system in order to obtain benefits they aren’t entitled to: This is a crime and you will be prosecuted.”

“Our investigators are continuously working with local District Attorney Offices in order to identify and prosecute those individuals who are committing these crimes. I would also like to remind employers that their timely reporting of new hires is one of the best tools we have to prevent unemployment fraud.”

Suspected unemployment compensation fraud may be reported to the Alabama Department of Labor by calling 1-800-392-8019.

Employers may find more information regarding reporting new hires at http://www.labor.alabama.gov/nh.