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Worker sentenced in benefits scam

A Hayden construction worker was placed on five years supervised probation for defrauding Idaho’s unemployment insurance program of more than $16,000 in benefits.

Fred J. Kudrna III, 35, was ordered to pay back the benefits plus $3,800 in penalties and $450 in court costs, and perform 30 days of community service.

He was convicted of collecting unemployment benefits for 47 weeks during a period when he was actually working.

Kudrna is the second person sentenced for unemployment insurance fraud in Idaho this year.

In 2009, department staff uncovered nearly 1,000 cases of fraud involving almost $4.5 million in benefit payments.

The department is in the process of collecting those overpayments plus interest and penalties.

Department officials are currently pursuing fraud charges against 11 other people.

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