Man pleads not guilty to unemployment fraud

Court NewsThe Associated Press

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) — A West Point man has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges accusing him of accepting unemployment benefits when he had a job.

John White pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen.

The indictment says he collected the benefits from August 2010 to July 2011. He’s charged with five counts, including making false statements to obtain the benefits.

The indictment issued July 24 said White worked at Omnova Industries Inc. while he collected almost $11,000 in benefits.

Several of the charges in the indictment are related to specific dates on which authorities said White lied in paperwork for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to obtain unemployment benefits from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Court records don’t list White’s age or exact birthdate, but say he was born in 1968.

Court records said White faces up to 10 years on count one, if convicted, and up to five years on each of the four counts of making false statements.