Criminal Justice

5th Conviction in Group Unemployment Fraud Case

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September 12, 2013 — The United States Attorney David Capp announced today that another defendant has a federal prison sentence in an insurance fraud case involving government funds.

Capp says that since May, after an investigation by the United States Department of Labor-Office of the Inspector General and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, his office has prosecuted and convicted five people who fraudulently collected government funds in the form of unemployment insurance benefit payments from the State of Indiana.

Court documents say that 43-year-old Christina Glen of LaPorte was sentenced today by federal District Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to two years of probation and $15,210.00 in restitution after pleading “guilty” to the felony offense of theft of government funds.

United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana says documents filed in this case say that Glen and four other defendants fraudulently collected government money as unemployment insurance benefit payments from the State of Indiana, with all of them working for the same company in Michigan City, and “while they received wages, fraudulently applied for and received these benefit payments to which they were not entitled. The total amount of restitution to be paid to the State of Indiana by each defendant ranged from $15,000 – $25,000, but collectively amounted to $97,523.”

Capp’s office says the other convictions in this investigation include:

33-year-old Keith Galassi of Michigan City, sentenced May 28, 2013 to two years of probation and restitution of $15,210 after pleading guilty to theft of government funds.

36-year-old Deandre Grant of Michigan City, sentenced June 17, 2013 to three years of probation with six months of home detention and restitution of $19,657 after pleading guilty to theft of government funds.

33-year-old Terry Smith of Michigan City, sentenced June 21, 2013 to three years of probation and restitution of $18,330 after pleading guilty to theft of government funds.

38-year-old Leon Thomas of Lynwood, Illinois, sentenced April 4, 2013 to two years of imprisonment after pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft.  Thomas worked and collected unemployment insurance benefit payments at the same company in Michigan City under a stolen identity.

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Brook handled these prosecutions for the United States Attorney’s Office.

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