Seymour man arrested for welfare fraud, theft

(Provided Photo/Jackson County Sheriff's Department)

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Police arrested a Seymour man for welfare fraud and theft following a six-month investigation.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Billy E. Douglas, 42, was working for a masonry company in Jackson County but also filed for and received unemployment benefits between December 2010 and April 2013. The benefits totaled $16,220.

With penalties assessed by the Indiana Department of WorkForce Development (DWD), Douglas owes the state of Indiana $24,542.

Douglas was charged with theft and welfare fraud, both felonies.

He is being held in the Jackson County Jail on a $10,000.00 cash bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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