Maryland announces $500M coronavirus unemployment fraud bust
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that state officials had uncovered a massive fraudulent scheme involving 47,500 falsified unemployment insurance claims, adding up to more than $501 million.
The scheme involved identity theft from previous security breaches and did suggest that any of the personal information submitted in the legitimate claims had been compromised in any way.
“This criminal enterprise seeking to take advantage of a global pandemic to steal hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of dollars from taxpayers is despicable,” said Hogan speaking from a press conference Wednesday.