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Date:July 6, 2011
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Unemployment Insurance Fraud Crackdown Continues

MONROE - Robyn Renee Jolly, of Delhi, has been booked with one count of felony theft over $5,000 in connection with allegedly receiving fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits while working at the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).

Jolly worked in a temporary position at LWC’s Monroe Call Center for six months until she was fired for misconduct after her manager uncovered the alleged fraudulent activity. The LWC notified police.

LWC has a statewide initiative under way to eliminate unemployment insurance fraud that has resulted in 24 other arrests since April. The most common method of fraud uncovered so far has been by people who continue to claim unemployment insurance benefits after starting another job, but not reporting their earned income to the LWC. Each week while someone is receiving benefits, they must attest that they did not work during the previous week, or, if they did work, they must report all earnings, even if they have not yet received a paycheck. All wages, including cash, part-time job wages, temporary job wages and self-employment wages also must be reported.

"It is particularly disappointing when fraud is committed by someone who was hired to help people who are out of work and are trying to find another job. We're looking for fraud where ever it may be and when we find it, we will turn over the suspects to police and we will aggressively pursue restitution," LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink said.

To report suspected unemployment fraud, go to the LWC website, www.laworks.net, click Unemployment Insurance in the upper right corner, then click Report Fraud.

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