Two area residents have been found guilty and sentenced for unemployment insurance fraud, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Sherry Beoughter, 46, of Valparaiso, was sentenced to 545 days of probation and was ordered to repay $13,334.10 for the benefits she fraudulently collected, according to the IDWD.

Leo Wilson, 51, of Michigan City, was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to repay the department $22,836.50 for the benefits he fraudulently collected.

The pair was swooped up by the IDWD's unemployment insurance fraud investigation task force, which examines claims of individuals who intentionally provide false, misreported or unreported information in order to fraudulently claim benefits.

Since 2014, Indiana courts have ordered fraudsters to repay more than $8.3 million in restitution to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

"Combatting fraud preserves employer-paid monies in the trust fund for those individuals who are truly in need of unemployment insurance benefits," said Kate Shelby, IDWD Unemployment Insurance Operations director.

You can help combat unemployment insurance fraud and abuse by reporting it online at You do not need to provide your name or any other identifying information in order to file a complaint.

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Bob is a 22-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.