Attorney General Laxalt Announces Guilty Plea of Incarcerated Las Vegas Man for Defrauding Employment Benefits Program

April 6, 2015

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Todd Allan Schwarting, 40, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty last week to unemployment insurance fraud. Schwarting was charged with participating in a scheme to defraud the state of Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. The fraud was committed between August 2011 and February 2012, while he was incarcerated for another offense.

    “Convicts seeking to receive unemployment benefits while behind bars will not succeed in their attempts to defraud the state,” said Laxalt. “My office will vigilantly protect taxpayer dollars by investigating and pursuing insurance fraud, no matter where it occurs.”

      Schwarting pleaded guilty in the Eighth Judicial District Court to one count of felony unemployment insurance fraud. He and an acquaintance made false representations to the state to unlawfully obtain $4,450 in unemployment insurance benefits. He falsely informed the state that he was able and available to work. In fact, he was incarcerated as a result of a prior conviction for the crimes of attempted lewdness with a child under the age of 14 and burglary.

        Unemployment insurance fraud is punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and/or a fine of not more than $10,000. The sentencing hearing for Schwarting is scheduled for May 20, 2015.

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            This case was investigated by the state’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, with assistance from the state’s Department of Corrections and the Clark County Detention Center. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Michael C. Kovac.


              SCHWARTING, TODD

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