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South Carolina woman sentenced for unemployment insurance fraud

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A South Carolina woman has been found guilty of unemployment insurance fraud.

Diana B. Jordan and accomplices were arrested for the fraud in 2015 but trial was delayed because of the pandemic and not held until Jan. 11, according to a news release. Jordan was charged with four counts of forgery and four counts of making a false statement, or misrepresentation. A jury found her guilty on all counts, according to the release.

“Diana B. Jordan, the leader of a fraud ring that stole tens of thousands of dollars from the state’s unemployment insurance system over an 11-year period, was convicted of fraud and other crimes,” said S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey.

A Richland County judge sentenced Jordan to serve a one-year active sentence in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, followed by five years of probation. She almost must pay back $39,998.70 in restitution fees owed to DEW.

The case was prosecuted by Steven Jordan, senior legal counsel for DEW.

“We are very happy with the results of the trial and that this defendant will be held accountable for her attempts to defraud South Carolina’s taxpayers,” Jordan said.

Reach Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.

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