Eastern Idaho man sentenced for unemployment fraud

Eastern Idaho man sentenced for unemployment fraud

Eastern Idaho man sentenced for unemployment fraud

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM

BOISE, Idaho -- An eastern Idaho man was sentenced after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining nearly $18,000 in unemployment.

David Pena, 42, of Lewisville, received 24 days in jail and is eligible for work release during that time. He will also be on probation for five years. If Pena fails to meet the requirements of his probation he could receive one to five years in prison.

Pena will also pay back all the money he fraudulently obtained between November 2008 and April 2010, pay court fees, and serve 100 hours of community service before September 4. 

An investigation by the Department of Labor determined Pena claimed he made less than $180 a week working for TMC contractor of Idaho Falls, but wages records the company submitted showed he made more than that.

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