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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on August 7, 2014, Milwaukee resident Adrianne N. Royal appeared in the Wisconsin State Circuit Court in Milwaukee County before Judge Dennis Flynn, where Royal entered a plea of guilty and was found guilty of making False Statements to Obtain Unemployment Benefits, contrary to Wisconsin Statutes Section 108.24(1). The Court then proceeded to the sentencing phase of the hearing, at which time Judge Flynn imposed and stayed the maximum sentence of incarceration and placed Royal on probation with the condition that she pay restitution.
At the hearing, Royal agreed that the facts of the criminal complaint are accurate. According to the criminal complaint, in August and September of 2009, Ms. Royal, or someone authorized on her behalf, filed claims with the office of the Unemployment Insurance Division wherein it was stated that Royal had performed no work and earned no wages; however, she was employed during that time period and was earning wages. Furthermore, in open court, the State also provided a further factual basis, to which Royal agreed, that Royal was gainfully employed from August of 2009 until July of 2011, during which time she earned more than $87,000 in wages. Despite said earnings, Royal went ahead and collected more than $36,000 in unemployment benefits during the same time period.
The case was investigated by the Unemployment Insurance Division, Department of Workforce Development. Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Défort represented the State of Wisconsin as special prosecutor for the County of Milwaukee.