A Sauk County construction company employee accused of defrauding the state’s unemployment compensation fund for a second time is now facing criminal charges.
According to court documents, an investigator with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development found that Ryan D. Johnson, 38, of North Freedom, collected $5,920 in unemployment benefits for a 17-week period in 2015.
However, the investigator learned that Johnson was employed by Kraemer Brothers LLC of Plain, and that the construction firm paid him $29,579 in wages during that period.
The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office has charged Johnson with felony theft by false representation and misdemeanor unemployment fraud. He faces up to six years in prison on the felony charge, and an additional 90 days for the misdemeanor.
Court documents say Johnson concealed employment information while collecting unemployment benefits during a period in 2008 and 2009 as well.
In that case, he was assessed administrative penalties. The investigator reports that Johnson still owes the state nearly $6,700. Johnson was booked and released on a $250 signature bond. He is due to appear in court Dec. 21.