McNulty v. Sinclair OilAnnotate this Case
Appellant Lincoln McNulty worked as a ski patroller for Sinclair Services Company as a member of the Sun Valley Resort from 2005 to 2010. Once the ski season ended in 2009, Appellant filed for unemployment benefits effective April 2009, through November 2009. During those off-season months, he began working part-time at the Sawtooth Club for extra income. However, Appellant failed to report such employment or any earnings from the Sawtooth Club to the Idaho Department of Labor when he filed for unemployment benefits each week. The Idaho Department of Labor discovered the discrepancy and a claims investigator spoke with Appellant and ultimately issued an Eligibility Determination that Appellant was ineligible for benefits because he willfully made false statements or failed to report material facts in order to obtain benefits. Appellant appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that his failure to report was not willful, the facts were not material, and that he should be eligible for a waiver of the requirement to repay the unemployment benefits. Upon review, the Court affirmed the Industrial Commission's conclusion that Appellant willfully failed to disclose material facts in order to obtain unemployment benefits and that he must repay the overpayment of both state and federal benefits as well as any applicable interest and penalties.