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Sixth person pleads guilty for falsely claiming unemployment benefits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2012

St. Louis, MO - PAMELA L. CLARK pled guilty today to falsely claiming unemployment benefits from the United States and the State of Missouri while she was employed. She is the sixth person to plead guilty in federal court in St. Louis after a series of indictments were handed down in July.

In addition to Pamela Clark of St. Louis, five others have entered guilty pleas to similar charges. They are: Bryan A. Cobbs; Monique D. Faulkner; Mark D. Meriwether and Derek A. Shaeffer, all of St. Louis; and Reginald T. Owens of Florissant. The amounts of fraudulent state and federal unemployment benefits received by them between 2008 and 2010 are as follows:

  • Clark -- $26,648
  • Cobbs -- $24,099
  • Faulkner -- $16,550
  • Meriwether -- $16,727
  • Owens-- $18,630
  • Shaeffer -- $21,013

Sentencings are scheduled in December and January. Each person can receive up to 10 years in prison for this crime, however, in determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges. Each person has agreed to pay restitution, as well as to the entry of a judgment of forfeiture in the amount of money stolen from the United States and the State of Missouri.

This case was investigated by the Department of Labor-Office of Inspector General and the Missouri Division of Employment Security. Assistant United States Attorney James E. Crowe, Jr. is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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