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Alabama Department of Labor Obtaining Convictions for Unemployment Compensation Fraud

May 04, 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2018

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

• Dwight Kelly, of Letohatchee, was tried in Lowndes County District Court on February 27, 2018. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Kelly received a total of $1,538 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Kelly pled guilty and was ordered to pay a victim’s assessment fee, court costs, and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

• Qunyetta Q. McCall, of Huntsville, was tried in Madison County Circuit Court on February 5, 2018. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that McCall received a total of $2,100 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

McCall pled guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended for two years, and placed on two years of unsupervised probation. She was ordered to pay a victim’s assessment fee, court costs, and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

• Cary Gamble, of Sylacauga, was tried in Talladega County District Court on March 28, 2018. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Gamble received a total of $3,402 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Gamble pled guilty and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.


The following individual was charged with Theft of Property, First Degree:

• James H. Reeves, of Decatur, was tried in Morgan County Circuit Court on February 20, 2018. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Reeves received a total of $7,871 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

Reeves pled guilty to Theft of Property, First Degree (concurrent with other charges) and was sentenced to 90 months in jail. He was also ordered to pay a victim’s assessment fee, court costs, and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

The following individual was charged with Theft of Property, Third Degree:

• Katrina Hill, of Talladega, was tried in Talladega County Circuit Court on February 22, 2018. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Hill received a total of $3,046 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

Hill pled guilty to Theft of Property, Third Degree and was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended, and two years of unsupervised probation. She 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.
The Alabama Department of Labor / The Alabama Career Center System is a partner in Alabama Works, Alabama’s unified workforce system.

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Members of the media needing more information should contact Tara Hutchison at 334-242-8616 / tara.hutchison@labor.alabama.gov


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