Residents face unemployment fraud charges
by Megan Thornton
June 16, 2013 11:15 PM | 3664 views | 4 4 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eugene Carbonell
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Mathew Severe
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Yvonne Sidwell
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Five Cobb residents are facing felony charges for allegedly giving false information and trying to defraud the government out of a combined total of $46,518 in unemployment benefits.

Three of the five turned themselves in to the county jail Monday, June 10, and were released later that day after bonding out, while the other two have not yet been taken into custody, according to Cobb County Sheriff’s Office online booking records.

Julia Forbes of Smyrna is charged with one count of providing false information to obtain $990 in unemployment benefits, a misdemeanor charge. Her bond is set at $2,500. According to booking records, Forbes has not been arrested.

Yvonne Sidwell of Marietta is charged with a felony for providing false information to obtain $10,767 in unemployment benefits between July 25, 2009 and June 12, 2010. Her bond was set at $12,500.

Sharisse Williams of Marietta allegedly obtained $6,010 in unemployment benefits between Jan. 3, 2009 and May 2, 2009 and was charged with felony false representation in order to receive the money. Her bond is set at $7,500. According to booking records, Williams has not been arrested.

Eugene Carbonell of Mableton is also facing felony charges for allegedly obtaining $23,426 in unemployment benefits between Jan. 2, 2010 and Sept. 10, 2011. His bond was set at $25,000.

Mathew Severe of Austell faces a felony charge for allegedly obtaining $5,325 in unemployment benefits between Sept. 19, 2009 and Dec. 26, 2009. His bond was set at $7,500.
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Julia Hamlin
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June 18, 2013
This is happening daily and appears the state has made it easy for crooks to collect money. Why in the world had it taken 2-3 years to bring charges for these felony charges in such a large county like Cobb? One would think these charges would be more timely in a more productive, active county!
lllsl
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June 17, 2013
I know of one woman who intentionally doesn't remarry so she can continue getting SS and VA benefits,from a first husband. Even the guy she claims is her husband and happens to be her baby daddy, has lived off these benefits for years. What a guy huh? Everyone should be audited... too much fraud going on. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Gary Butterface
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June 17, 2013
If they really cracked down on insurance, social security, tax and welfare fraud maybe we would have some money left. Max out punishment as a deterrent. if you get caught for fraud you lose all rights to ever get government assistance and have a big F tattooed on your forehead.
Many more
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June 17, 2013
There are thousands of these cases. The government needs to create a law that states any person who defrauds the government in any way can never receive any benefits for life. These people are low life scum! This is why unemployment needs to be capped at 6 months. No extensions!
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