Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director 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.
Howard D. Dragg, of Selma, was tried in Dallas County District Court on August 14, 2012. An investigation by the Industrial Relations Benefit Payment Control Section determined that Dragg received a total of $2,720.00 in benefits to which he was not entitled.
Dregg pled guilty and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, which was suspended for one year pending restitution, and one year of unsupervised probation. He was ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.
Ronald Franklin, of Eufaula, was tried in Barbour County District Court on June 19, 2012.