(KMOV) –The Department of Justice said 14 people in the Metro East stole $351,005.87 from the United States Government, they were indicted on Wednesday.
The individuals charged include:
Elizabeth Asbury, 41, of Hartford
Clarence Budde III, 41, of New Baden
Gary Cuddy, 31, of Olney
Sheila Davison, 45, of Cahokia
Steven Gordon, 39, of Effingham
Michael Hill, 48, of East St. Louis
Trudie Lindsey, 56, of East St. Louis
Kenneth Loving, 42, of East St. Louis
Melonetria McCallum, 37, of O’Fallon
Robert Pickett, 43, of Venice
Quintin Redd, 46, of Fairview Heights
Regina Skjerseth, 43, of Sage Creek
Rickey Watson, 48, of Belleville
Nicholas Zezoff, 41, of Granite City
U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton said they cross-checked the group and found that most were collecting unemployment checks and W-2’s at the same time.
Those who claim unemployment and are doing the right thing said it is wrong for people to steal everyone’s tax dollars.
“What can we do other than complain about it and hope something gets done,” said Jessie Pitts who lives in Belleville.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said they have been granted 2.3 million dollars to crack down on unemployment fraud.
They will use the money to strengthen existing programs and create new initiatives to stop the fraud.