3 sentenced for jobless claim fraud

Michigan authorities say three people have been sentenced for their role in a scheme that stole $160,000 by making fake unemployment claims for about 170 people, three of whom were serving life in prison.
AP Wire
Aug 14, 2012

Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency Director Steve announced the sentences Tuesday. They say the three defendants set up fake companies, then filed unemployment claims on behalf of imaginary employees.

Schuette says at least 16 of the fictitious workers were behind bars at the time.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jamaal Cann of Macomb County's Shelby Township has been sentenced to three to 20 years in prison. His 27-year-old wife Kellee Norfleet-Cann got 90 days in jail, and 28-year-old Darnell Bailey of Dearborn got two years' probation.


Joe Aldeguer

Lesson learned that never ever fake an employment. Let us live in a clean manner without any guilt. Joe Aldeguer


I am glad they are sentenced. How shameful it is for their other family members. Even though a lot are trying to find a job, nobody should be an opportunist. These people are doing their best to earn a living. Another good news, fewer individuals filed for unemployment benefits last week, pointing to an improving job industry. However, analysts say that Hurricane Sandy, beating the Northeast that week may be accountable for some of that drop. Read more here: Sandy blows as jobless claims fall.

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