States paid pandemic unemployment benefits to 200,000 dead people, federal audit finds

Posted on AllSides September 23rd, 2022
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States paid out billions of dollars in pandemic unemployment claims to more than 200,000 applicants whose Social Security numbers indicated they were already dead, according to a new inspector general’s audit.

Nearly 1 million more claims were paid to Social Security numbers that were submitted in multiple states — another indication of fraud, because the law only allowed someone to claim the enhanced pandemic unemployment benefits in a single state at one time.

And 1.7 million more claims were paid to people who filed from “suspicious email addresses,” the Labor...

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