ELKHART — The sentencing of a Goshen man on drug-related charges has been put on hold while he faces federal unemployment fraud charges.
Adam Shetler, 33, was scheduled to appear in Elkhart Circuit Court on Thursday, March 6, for sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of dealing methamphetamine, but prosecutors said he had been taken into federal custody from the Elkhart County Jail in January.
According to federal court records, Shetler pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money, property or records, a felony on Jan. 22 in U.S. District Court in South Bend. His sentencing is scheduled for April 24.
Shetler filed a claim for unemployment benefits in December 2008 and filed weekly claim vouchers from January 2009 through December 2010 while working for and receiving wages from an employer in Elkhart, according to court documents.
Shetler collected more than $11,000 in federal unemployment benefits during this time.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Elkhart Superior Court 1, Shetler was arrested on Sept. 4, 2013, after selling methamphetamine to a police informant on four occasions.
He pleaded guilty to one count of dealing methamphetamine on Dec. 26 in Elkhart Circuit Court and was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 16, but the hearing was moved to March 6.