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Unemployment Insurance Fraud

A New Word

Lexicographers for the Merriam-Webster Dictionary typically wait to add a word until they've determined that it has relatively widespread use, widely agreed-upon meaning, and seems to have staying power—meaning it's likely to be used for a long time. Thanks to fraudsters, the relatively new...

A Right To Be Heard

An automated computer system, known as MiDAS, used by the Michigan Unemployment Agency from 2013 to 2015 may have initially been deemed a success, with record numbers of applicants being flagged for fraud. For instance, in 2014, MiDAS flagged 27,000 fraud cases, nearly double...

Prisoners and Deceased Need Not Apply

In order to qualify for unemployment benefits it is required to prove in that application that one is able to work, available to work and actively seeking work. But that criteria doesn’t stop fraudsters from filing for benefits. The state of Iowa recently released...

When Disaster Strikes

In 2020, the State of Washington was contacted by officials at the Seattle Fire Department, Microsoft Corp., Zulily.com, the City of Bellingham, and the Seattle Yacht Club saying that some of their state of Washington employees appears to be receiving COVID-19 unemployment benefits despite...

All You Need Is a Wig

On Dec. 8, 2021, Eric Jaklitsch was arrested at his home in New Jersey and was transported to the west coast, to be charged in Federal Court for a scheme to defraud the California Employment Development Department (EDD). To execute this scheme, Jaklitsch collected...

The Numbers of Victims Yet Unknown

Despite good intentions to aid those hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the more than $5 trillion approved for the CARES ACT, ended up really helping fraudsters. The total amount stolen from the federal aid program is yet unknown, but the Labor Department estimates there could...

An Advantage Over Other Fraudsters

Reyes De La Cruz had an advantage over the other fraudsters who were stealing identities and filing bogus COVID-19 Unemployment Claims. De La Cruz was gainfully employed by the Washington State Employment Security Department as an unemployment insurance specialist. Apparently no one was reviewing...

Bellhop, Don’t Forget The Bags

Oscar Abreu, Rafael Grullon and Aldo Palomino Jr. had a comfortable set up committing fraud during the day and counting the money in their hotel room at night. Until the ringleader forgot to move incriminating evidence when she was forced to change rooms at...

Social Media As A Weapon

Research by Global WebIndex shows that 58.4% of the world’s population uses social media with average daily usage at 2 hours and 27 minutes (January 2022). The power of social media brings the ability to connect and share information with anyone on Earth, or with...

Scams You Haven’t Even Dreamed Of

In the movie “Shawshank Redemption” the lead character, a prisoner named Andy famously says “He’s got scams you haven’t even dreamed of. Kickbacks on his kickbacks. There’s a river of dirty money running through this place.” That is what you could say about real...