- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Labor has prosecuted eight people for unemployment compensation fraud.

AL.com reports (http://bit.ly/1ElJku6 ) that labor department commissioner Fitzgerald Washington announced the convictions on Thursday. The individuals were charged with violating the Alabama Unemployment Compensation law by making false statements in claims for benefits.

Investigators work with local district attorney offices to identify and prosecute those who knowingly defraud the system to illegally obtain unemployment funds.

Stacey Powell of Millbrook was sentenced to 10 years in jail. Belinda Woods of Selma, Nathan Frye, Roslyn Greene and Christine Nickle each of Mobile were sentenced to one year in jail.

Phylis Nelms of Auburn, Toby Rogers of Hurtsboro and Arthur Smoot III of Talladega were ordered to pay court costs and restitution in the amount of benefits received illegally.

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