Three South Carolina residents have been arrested for fraudulently collecting unemployment insurance benefits.
An alleged fictitious employer scheme involving three individuals claiming to operate one or more companies in Richland and Lexington Counties, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW).
The companies were used to report false wages to DEW, according to department spokeswoman Adrienne Fairwell. Then one or more of the alleged co-conspirators would file a claim with DEW as a discharged employee using the fake wages to quality for and collect unemployment benefits.
The alleged ringleader, Diane B. Jordan, 53, of Chapin was arrested in January, according to Fairwell. Kimberly L. Szabo, 45, of Chapin, and James L. Walleshauser, 56, of Irmo were also arrested in January.
Jordan, Szabo and Walleshauser are accused of taking part in fraudulent activities, including registering five fake employer accounts with DEW and reporting fake wages paid to employees in order to collect unemployment benefits between 2002 and 2013.
The three are accused of defrauding the state out of approximately $70,000 in unemployment benefits.
To report suspected unemployment insurance fraud, call 1-800-868-1488.