Friday, September 23, 2022

Empowering the criminals

US watchdog admits $46 BILLION in pandemic unemployment benefits was stolen by fraudsters using the SSNs of DEAD people and prisoners - year after saying it was just $16billion

  • The inspector general for the Labor Department on Thursday published a report into fraud during the pandemic, finding billions in false unemployment claims
  • Some 205,000 Social Security numbers that belonged to dead people were used to claim benefits
  • Other criminals took the Social Security numbers of criminals and used them to make claims 
  • The office has opened 190,000 investigations related to unemployment insurance fraud, they said in the report
  • Separately, the Justice Department on Thursday said 1,000 people have now been charged for fraudulently claiming unemployment during the pandemic 

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