Mentone Woman Pleads Guilty To Welfare Fraud

Mentone resident Holly R. Clabaugh, 29, recently pled guilty in Kosciusko County Superior Court One to welfare fraud, a Class C felony.
Clabaugh knowingly defrauded the system by collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working full-time, according to a press release from Indiana Workforce Development. Through the use of agency records, a Department of Workforce DevelopmentĀ  investigator determined that Clabaugh was working full time and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits.
Clabaugh has been ordered to repay $37,895.75 in restitution to the DWD for the benefits she fraudulently collected and was sentenced to four years of probation.
The DWD receives wage reports and new hire data from Indiana employers documenting who is employed and receiving compensation. The agency uses this information to ensure people are not collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working.
The release also notes that unemployment insurance fraud and abuse can be reported online at You do not need to provide your name or any other identifying information in order to file a complaint.