‘It’s not fraud if the agency does it:’ Iowa officials explain unemployment overpayments

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Iowa, News, Unemployment Fraud  /  No Comments

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The only reason Iowa Workforce Development hasn’t been telling the truth about the extra unemployment benefits it paid out in March is because it believes in the honesty of Iowans.

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Fraud warning label

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Fraud of the Day, Unemployment Fraud  /  Comments Off

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A Buffalo woman, who formerly worked for the IRS and as a health care aide, pleaded guilty Friday to theft of $11,455 by filing phony unemployment benefit claims.
Candace Walker, 33, received the money from Jan. 10, 2010 to Oct. 2, 2011 while working both as an IRS contact representative and a staffer at the Schofield Residence, investigators said. She faces a prison term of up to one year or a fine of up to $100,000 or both when she is sentencing by U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott on Oct. 7.

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The check is not in the mail

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Fraud of the Day, Unemployment Fraud  /  Comments Off

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The giveaway was the return address.

When the Bergen County couple filing for unemployment certified they were “able and looking for work,” they did so the same way thousands of others do from home every week — by logging into the state Department of Labor website.

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A Family Affair

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Fraud of the Day, Unemployment Fraud  /  Comments Off

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Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Mother and Daughter from Newark Sentenced in Unemployment Benefits Scam,” written by Thomas Zambito and published by NJ.com on February 18, 2014.

NEWARK — A mother and daughter from Newark have each been sentenced to 15 years in prison for scamming the state’s unemployment benefits fund out of nearly $600,000, prosecutors say.

Janice Allen, 57, and her daugther, Janice Dilligard, 37, were sentenced in Mercer County on Friday. They were convicted in December on charges they filed phony unemployment benefit claims for relatives and others, some of whom were dead.

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Tough Love

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  Fraud of the Day, Unemployment Fraud  /  Comments Off

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, “Ohio to Confiscate Jobless-benefit Fraudsters’ Federal Tax Refunds,” written by Catherine Candisky and published by The Columbus Dispatch on February 14, 2014.

If you’ve cheated to get jobless benefits, you may forgo your federal income-tax refund.

For the first time this year, Ohio will begin seizing federal refunds headed to Ohioans who have defrauded the unemployment compensation system, state officials announced yesterday.

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Kansas unemployment payment fraud, recoveries on the rise

By   /  February 18, 2014  /  Kansas, Unemployment Fraud, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

NEW LEGISLATION: A bill passed last year is helping the state recover more funds because of administrative lien and levy powers.

By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Good news, Kansans! Because of legislative changes passed last year, the state Department of Labor says it has managed to reclaim $17.1 million in unemployment insurance funds that were mistakenly paid out during fiscal year 2013.
While that figure marks an 18 percent increase compared to the previous [...]

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