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Subject: Sandra L. Halgerson v. Labor and Industry Review Commission, Court of Appeals (Dist. II), No. 00-1401, February 7, 2001 (unpublished per curiam decision)

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Digest Codes: BR 330

It was determined that claimant had worked and earned wages from two different employers in certain weeks during which she was claiming benefits and reporting that she was not working or earning wages, and an overpayment was determined and a forfeiture assessed. The Appeal Tribunal upheld these determinations. The commission's decision affirmed.  Claimant appealed, asserting (as she had below) that she had not worked for one of the employers at all. She alleged that there was some type of fraudulent scheme involving forgery and falsification of records in which some person or persons was trying to make it appear that she had been working for the one employer when in fact she had not.

The circuit court affirmed, noting that the case turned on an assessment of credibility and that the Appeal Tribunal and commission found the claimant incredible. Halgerson then appealed to the Court of Appeals.

Held:  Affirmed. The Court of Appeals rejects Halgerson’s attack on the receipt of facsimile copies of disputed timecards, noting that this was consistent with the department’s rules concerning receipt of evidence. In addition to the time cards, there was testimonial evidence supporting the findings. The Court defers to LIRC’s credibility assessment. It was reasonable for LIRC to draw an inference from the fact that Halgerson filed a tax return acknowledging receipt of wages as shown on a W-3 she received from one of the employers. The inference of intentional concealment was also reasonable on this record, based on the assessment by the appeal tribunal and LIRC that Halgerson’s claim, that someone from the department told her that her work for the other employer was not work that needed to be reported, was "unlikely".

Please note that this is a summary prepared by staff of the commission, not a verbatim reproduction of the court decision.

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