Milwaukee County Man Convicted of Unemployment Compensation Fraud

Oct 8 2014
Milwaukee County Man Convicted of Unemployment Compensation Fraud


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Joshua Schumaker, of West Allis, was convicted of five counts of Making a False Statement to Obtain Unemployment Benefits in 2011. The defendant will be sentenced on October 21, 2014, before Dane County Circuit Court Judge Rhonda Lanford.


According to the criminal complaint, from September 2011 through May 2012, the defendant made repeated claims to the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) that he was unemployed and thus entitled to unemployment benefits. These statements were false. The defendant was employed at an apartment complex and earning wages until he quit in December 2011. During the period when he was employed, the defendant received $3,900 in benefits. Once he quit his job, he received an additional $5,574 in benefits. According to the DWD, Schumaker was not entitled to receive either of those amounts.


Each of the five charges carries a maximum potential penalty of a fine of at least $100 but not more than $500, or imprisonment for 90 days, or both.


Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas represents the State of Wisconsin in this matter.