Virginia government worker sentenced for $1.8M pandemic fraud scheme
An ex-employee of a state board was sentenced 70 months for using her access to government databases to file phony unemployment claims.
DOJ names lead prosecutor for pandemic unemployment fraud
Associate Deputy Attorney General Kevin Chambers will lead the effort, which he said will rely on data shared by state workforce agencies.
Biden says DOJ will appoint chief prosecutor for pandemic fraud
President Joe Biden said the administration will step up its enforcement against pandemic unemployment fraud, which has affected virtually every state.
Unemployment fraud wasn’t stopped fast enough in Kentucky, auditor says
Policies and software to prevent unemployment fraud weren't fully implemented and the state was slow to act, the auditor said.
Colorado paid $100M in fraudulent insurance claims during pandemic, audit finds
The state's legacy unemployment system wasn't capable of running modern fraud detection programs during much of the pandemic, a new audit found.
Ohio paid unemployment benefits to 141,000 dead people during pandemic, auditor says
A recent audit cited old technology and relaxed controls to expedite claims as chief causes of nearly $4 billion in inappropriate payments.
Louisiana taps income-verification tool to solve UI benefits woes
Hundreds of Louisiana residents have downloaded the app to verify their income with the state in the past few weeks, the company said.
State unemployment systems to get $240M from Labor Dept.
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said the pandemic "exposed significant vulnerabilities" in states' unemployment systems that led to tens of billions of dollars in phony claims.
Nigerian man indicted in pandemic unemployment fraud scheme
Federal prosecutors said the man used variations on a single Gmail address to bypass states' fraud-detection systems en route to collecting nearly $290,000 in phony claims.