State v. Ms. B. (2018)
Practice Area: Criminal Law / Fraud
Date: August 14, 2018
Outcome: False Statement (Unemployment Compensation), a Class 1 Misdemeanor – Fines. Judgment of Guilt set aside.
Description: Maricopa County, State v. Ms. B. Ms. B. was charged with one count of Fraud Schemes, a Class 5 Felony, twenty-one counts of False Statement to Obtain Benefits, Class 6 Felonies, and one count of False Statement to Obtain Benefits, a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Ms. M was accused of fraudulently concealing her employment and earnings while collecting unemployment insurance benefits. If convicted at trial Ms. M. was facing mandatory prison time and her original plea included a designated felony. Ms. Castillo was able to negotiate Ms. M’s case and she was ultimately offered a class 1 misdemeanor plea to False Statement (Unemployment Compensation). Ms. M. was required to pay back the benefits received from unemployment and her judgement of guilt was set aside at the time of Sentencing.
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