Kosciusko County Woman Pleads Guilty to Unemployment Insurance Fraud

North Webster resident Mary J. Rico, 50, pled guilty in Kosciusko County Circuit Court One to unemployment insurance fraud, a Level Six felony. Rico purposefully defrauded the system by collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working full-time.

Through the use of agency records, an Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) employee began an investigation and determined that Rico was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits.

Rico was ordered to repay $52,891 to DWD for the benefits she fraudulently collected. She was also sentenced to two and a half years on probation.