Juneau Woman Faces Consequences of Unemployment Insurance Fraud

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - A Juneau woman has pled guilty to unemployment insurance fraud charges. 

    According to a press release from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 42-year-old Naomi Weitzel pled guilty to theft in the second degree as part of a plea agreement on July 31st. Weitzel had been collecting unemployment insurance checks in 2017, even though she had a full-time job. 

    Weitzel must now face the consequences, which were served by Superior Court Judge Keith B. Levy. She was sentenced to 12 months suspended, 65 hours of community service, pay $15, 048 in restitution to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, as well as be on probation for three years.  

    “The unemployment insurance system helps stabilize Alaskans who face the serious challenges of unemployment,” said Alaska Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas. “The small minority of individuals who intentionally misrepresent their benefit claims are committing a crime, and the department vigorously investigates abuses of the system.”

    The case was worked on by the department's Unemployment Insurance Investigations Unit, which specializes in ensuring that unemployment benefits are distributed properly and according to protocol. 

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