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It Wasn’t Me

A man from Southwest Virginia has pleaded guilty to taking part in a pandemic unemployment benefits scheme that defrauded the government of more than $182,474. Travis Kilgore of Wise waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Thursday to a two-count Information charging...

Tri-State Flim-Flam King  

There’s nothing unusual about some greedy scammer fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits, but it takes extra chutzpah to run the scam across several states. Alvin Lavon Rex (uh—King of thieves?) of Iowa admitted in a plea agreement that he opened multiple bank accounts in May...

More Frog Than Prince

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington’s Employment Security Department lost hundreds of millions of dollars to fraud as schemers rushed to fraudulently claim unemployment benefits that included an inviting federal supplement. A big chunk of that fraud appears to come from a Nigerian crime ring....

One Pay Out Too Many

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) administrators have stated they believe that fraudsters have gotten away with as much as $30 million in unemployment benefits since the pandemic began. Unfortunately, these fraudulent claim numbers are expected to continue to rise. According to CDLE officials,...

Plan A Leads to Plan J

Unemployment benefits serve as a safety net for workers who have been laid off and are looking and available for work. During the Coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented number of people have benefited from unemployment benefits on both federal and state levels. (It’s nice to...

Hustling in Jail

You may have recently read a Fraud of the Day blog about an inmate named Levi Stroud, whose mother was filing for CARES Act unemployment benefits under his name, even though he was serving time in prison. It turns out that Stroud and his...

Card Collector

Are you a sports card collector? As a child, did you seek out antique baseball cards sporting pictures of swinging greats like Babe Ruth, or legendary pitchers such as Satchel Paige and share your collection with friends? (Some of those legendary player cards can...

Mother Doesn’t Always Know Best

When the CARES Act was passed in March 2020, it was meant to provide support to Americans who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was not meant to be used by unscrupulous individuals to assist their children, who were serving time...

Man Who Doesn’t Care Receives Fraudulent CARES Act Funds

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act helps provide emergency financial assistance, including expanded unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to people suffering from the economic struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic. Joseph Ransome, 51, of Indian Trail, N.C., filed for and received unemployment benefits,...

COVID Feature: Busy Year for Fraud

The Department of Justice has been quite busy since COVID-19 turned the world upside a year ago. The pandemic that has plagued the world has also spurred many opportunities for fraud, especially in the area of unemployment. Today’s fraudster is Dennis George Chinn of...

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