Worland man gets prison time for faking unemployment applications

Andrew Jivelekas, 60, of Worland, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on April 6, 2016 for wire fraud. Jivelekas appeared pursuant to a summons. He received 12 months imprisonment, to be followed by two years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and restitution in the amount of $25,781.73. Jivelekas fraudulently obtained unemployment benefits from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Unemployment Insurance Division (“Workforce Services”). Jivelekas invented a sham company and submitted quarterly reports to Workforce Services in which he falsely reported earnings by various purported employees, including himself, none of whom actually worked for the company. Jivelekas repeatedly filed for unemployment benefits in the names of the purported employees, claiming they had been laid off. This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. *image h/t bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock* #springcity #reboot #news