Former Southern Illinois Resident Sentenced for Defrauding Federal Unemployment Insurance Program
Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Cartemus London, 38, of Chicago, Illinois, formerly a resident of Southern Illinois, was sentenced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for defrauding the unemployment insurance program. Following his plea of guilty on November 28, 2012, to a one-count indictment for Embezzlement of Public Funds, the District Court sentenced London to a 5 year term of probation, the first 9 months of which he must spend on home confinement. London also was ordered to pay $39,937.00 in restitution to the Illinois Department of Employment Security and to pay a $100 special assessment.
“Lying and cheating to receive unemployment compensation is a crime,” said United States Attorney Wigginton. “Those who defraud the unemployment insurance program undermine support for an important public program and hurt and insult every law-abiding citizen of Southern Illinois, particularly as public programs face economic crises. I will continue to place a high priority on pursuing those who steal from the United States Treasury.”
At the time of his guilty plea, London admitted to being employed by American Airlines between March 2009 and March 2011 while also filing for and receiving unemployment insurance benefits. In order to receive the benefits, London had to certify, approximately every two weeks, to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) that he was not working and that he was ready, willing, and able to work. He also had to verify that he was actively seeking work. London was supposed to inform IDES of any income he received during the certification period, but he did not report that he was employed and earning money, instead choosing to collect both wages and benefits simultaneously. Between March 2009 and March 2011, London collected $39,937.00 in employment insurance benefits to which he was not entitled.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Katherine L. Lewis.