Audit: R.I. unemployment fraud could top $500M

RHODE ISLAND COULD have paid out more than $500 million in fake unemployment claims in fiscal 2021, according to a report by the state auditor general. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN
PROVIDENCE – The state is still probing the surge of fake unemployment insurance claims that accompanied the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with $480 million worth of benefits still under investigation, according to a new report by the R.I. Auditor General Dennis Hoyle. Together with the $70 million in benefits already proven to have landed…

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