Michelle Livesay, 43, of New Palestine pleaded guilty in Hancock County Superior Court 1 to unemployment insurance fraud, a Class C felony. Livesay purposefully defrauded the system by collecting unemployment insurance benefits while working full-time.
The investigation began when the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) was tipped off by the Greenfield Police Department that Livesay was working full-time and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits. Using agency records and information from Livesay’s wage history, DWD investigated and was able to verify she fraudulently received benefits.
“We appreciate the Greenfield Police Department doing their part to help us root out those taking advantage of the system,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. “Theft is a crime whether you are stealing property from your neighbor or receiving government benefits you are not entitled to.”
Livesay was sentenced to 4 years on probation, but will serve the entire 4 years in prison if she violates the terms of her probation. She was also ordered to repay DWD $16,544 for the benefits she fraudulently collected.