Wise County man to plead guilty in $182,000 unemployment scam

Travis Kilgore and Brittany McReynolds Travis Kilgore and Brittany McReynolds

Travis Kilgore and Brittany McReynolds
Travis Kilgore and Brittany McReynolds

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — A southwestern Virginia man plans to plead guilty in a federal case in which he and his wife are accused of ripping off unemployment benefits.

A guilty plea hearing has been scheduled for April 8 for Travis Kilgore, 34, of St. Paul.

Kilgore and his wife — 31-year-old Brittany McReynolds — are accused of fraudulently applying for unemployment benefits for themselves, even though they were not eligible.

And once that was successful, they are accused of filing fraudulent claims for 21 other people, using fictitious addresses and former employers. They are accused of accepting payment from the others for filing the false claims on their behalf, either in the form of cash or drugs.

In all, Kilgore and McReynolds are accused of bilking the unemployment system of more than $182,000.

Kilgore has signed a plea agreement indicating he will plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

McReynolds’ case remains pending.