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COVID Feature: Falling Through the Cracks

New York’s Department of Labor has been busy since the coronavirus stuck the state, making it one of the hardest hit areas in the country as indicated by the number of residents applying for unemployment benefits. In the past few months New York has...

COVID Feature: The Fraud Pandemic

Fraudsters tend to exploit those who are most vulnerable. The nation as a whole is at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic and has become a victim of fraudsters seeking to take advantage of the situation for their own financial gain. The Inspector General of...

COVID Feature: No Time to Gamble

Nevada is the latest in a string of states to report increased amounts of identity theft due to the coronavirus pandemic. While Nevada is known for legalized gambling, this is no time to be taking chances when it comes to safeguarding personal information. Thanks to...

Treated Like Criminals

The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) is responsible for employment services, unemployment insurance benefits, analyzing labor market information, administering Paid Family and Medical Leave and it also helps investigate fraud related to unemployment benefits. Sometimes investigations can be cumbersome for the victims of unemployment...

Colorado Frauds Climb to New Heights

Unemployment claims have skyrocketed in recent months due to the pandemic. An increased likelihood of fraud corresponds with the rise in unemployment claims as fraudsters seek to take advantage of the national crisis. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has reported a substantial increase...

Tri-City Scammers

Hundreds of public school employees had their identities stolen as part of a scheme to claim fraudulent unemployment benefits. (Whoever said imitation is the best form of flattery is definitely mistaken in this case.). The employees are part of an unemployment scam targeting members...

Exploiting Laborers – and Healthcare Services

Worker’s Compensation Insurance fraud often calls to mind employees who fake or exaggerate an injury to claim benefits—but there are also plenty of fraudsters on the employer side. One of them, a Minnesota construction contractor, pleaded guilty In November 2019 to labor trafficking and...

Biding Time

While fraudsters are generally selfish and greedy people, they tend to be very patient when orchestrating a scam. A San Francisco Bay area resident bided his time while secretly working to steal a quarter of a million dollars in an unemployment insurance fraud scheme. (Fortunately, the...

Poster Child

The only thing worse than being prosecuted for fraud is becoming the poster child for fraud. That is the case for a Fitchburg, Massachusetts man who tried to get away with more than $8,000 in unemployment benefits he did not deserve. The New Hampshire Department...

Working at Not Having a Job

In order to legally collect unemployment benefits in California, an individual must have past earnings that meet certain minimum thresholds; be unemployed through no fault of their own; and, be able, available and actively seeking a job. An Anaheim, California woman circumvented this well-defined process by...

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