CHEYENNE - A Wyoming man accused of defrauding the Wyoming Unemployment Insurance program has pleaded guilty to the charge. Gerald Roderick-Jackson, also known as David Jackson of Gillette, Wyoming, was convicted in Natrona County District Court of under-reporting his income in order to continue receiving unemployment insurance benefits. By state law, this constitutes fraud.
Robin Cooley, Director for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, says the agency places a high importance on maintaining the integrity of the unemployment insurance program. "As stewards of the funds which help unemployed workers stay afloat while they look for permanent employment, we take cases of benefits fraud very seriously."
Roderick-Jackson entered a guilty plea to the charge, obtaining benefits by fraud. Mr. Roderick-Jackson was ordered to pay $982 in restitution for the crime along with a $500 fine, $35 in other fees, and an additional payment of $200 to the Victim's Compensation Fund.
"I applaud our Unemployment Insurance team for their diligence in uncovering this fraudulent claim," said Director Cooley. "Protecting the interests of the Wyoming workforce is of the highest priority for the UI team, and their attention to detail led directly to the detection of this crime."
The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services strives to serve Wyoming employees and employers with a reliable and cost-effective Unemployment Insurance program. Since 2016, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has had 25 fraud prosecution convictions in various counties. Those convictions have resulted in more than $247,000 in total restitution. The majority of fraud crimes perpetrated in the United States are against financial and government entities.
Persons who suspect benefits fraud may contact the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services' Fraud Hotline.