Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

MASSIVE FRAUD in the nation's unemployment system is raising alarms even as President Joe Biden and Congress prepare to pour hundreds of billions more into expanded benefits for those left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic. / AP FILE PHOTO/KEITH SRAKOCIC
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs. The fraud is fleecing taxpayers, delaying legitimate payments…

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