State continues to work to prevent unemployment fraud

R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING Director Scott R. Jensen told a Senate Oversight Committee that the department has paid out about $23 million in fraudulent unemployment claims during the pandemic, accounting for roughly 1% of the total paid to Rhode Islanders in that time. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY
PROVIDENCE (AP) – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training continues to see pandemic-related unemployment insurance fraud, but is working hard to detect and prevent it, officials say. “We’re seeing enormous claim levels right now, and a lot of those claims are fraud,” department Director Scott R. Jensen told a Senate Oversight Committee on Monday.…

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  1. Re the DLT’s fraud issues: I understand the problem here, but when will valid, certified claimants resume receiving benefit payments? My claim was certified back in November 2020, but I haven’t received payments in 4 weeks. There is never a mention of benefit payments resuming and most frustrating is that there is no way to contact their office. Can anyone provide an answer?