Alabama Department of Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees 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:
Demetrius D. Barkley, of Birmingham, was tried in Jefferson County District Court on May 6, 2013. An investigation by Labor’s Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Barkley received a total of $4,059 in benefits to which he was not entitled.
Barkley pled guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended, and 24 months of unsupervised probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.
Adron Turner, of Tuscaloosa, was tried in Tuscaloosa County District Court on May 1, 2013.