Missouri residents accused of illegally obtaining unemployment benefits

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Fraud on Monday, November 19, 2012

The current state of the economy is tough, and there is talk of another economic downturn or recession before the situation improves. When times are difficult, sometimes people are enticed to partake in activities that are not typical of their usual behavior. Sometimes these activities may involve efforts to obtain additional money to make ends meet.

Residents of Missouri should be aware that certain activities in which individuals engage to obtain extra money are illegal. These illegal activities may fall under the branch of white collar crime, such as fraud or embezzlement. The act of fraud or embezzlement usually involves a scheme in which something of value is taken from a corporation or individual.

Recently, 12 residents of Missouri were charged with bank fraud and theft of government property. These federal criminal charges are a result of accusations that the individuals each received unemployment benefits while actually employed. It is alleged that each accused individual obtained between approximately $11,000 and $24,000.

The consequences for fraud can be very severe and reach beyond prison time and monetary fines. The penalties may also include limited access to family and children, difficulty finding future employment or maintaining current employment and constant monitoring of the individual’s behavior. For all of these reasons, it is important to have a strong defense against fraud charges.

Every individual that faces accusations of criminal behavior has rights under the United States Constitution that must be upheld. A strong defense will ensure the defendant receives the rights to which that person is entitled. In addition, a detailed analysis of the case will help determine what can be done to mitigate the consequences as much as possible to obtain the fairest outcome for the accused.

Source: The Kansas City Star, “Twelve in KC area charged with stealing unemployment benefits,” Mark Morris, Nov. 7, 2012