Nevada Attorney General Announces Sentencing of Sparks Man for Unemployment Fraud

January 23, 2015

Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Mark Charles Lemler, 42, of Sparks, was sentenced in Washoe County Court for a fraud related offense on Jan. 21.

    “This office will continue to prosecute employment benefit fraud cases and hold scammers accountable,” Laxalt said. “The sentence imposed will deter others from attempting to cheat the system and preserve the integrity of services funded by taxpaying Nevadans.”

      Lemler pleaded guilty to and was sentenced for the gross misdemeanor offense of conspiracy to make false statements or failing to disclose material facts to obtain unemployment benefits. Washoe County Second Judicial District Court Judge Patrick Flanagan sentenced Lemler to 364 days in jail, suspended, probation term not to exceed three years and payment of $6,555.00 in restitution to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s (DETR) Employment Security Division.

        An investigation by DETR’s Employment Security Fraud Program revealed that Lemler was part of a scheme where he conspired with associates to collect unemployment benefits while he was incarcerated at the Washoe County Detention Facility on unrelated charges. The fraudulent transactions occurred between Sept. 2011 and Oct. 2012. Lemler would pass his personal information regarding his benefits to others not in custody who filed claims on his behalf.

          Anyone wishing to report suspicions of unemployment fraud may file a complaint with DETR here.

            The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Eric Nickel from the Nevada Attorney General’s Fraud Unit.

              LEMLER, MARK CHARLES
              2015-01-23 Lemler Mark Charles

                (Photo Courtesy of Washoe County Sheriff’s Office)