'Hundreds of millions' in bogus jobless benefits paid

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'Hundreds of millions' in bogus jobless benefits paid

Post by DallasDimeBags » Sat May 23, 2020 4:48 pm

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Impostors have used the stolen information of tens of thousands of people in Washington to fraudulently receive hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits, the head of the state’s Employment Security Department said Thursday.

Commissioner Suzi LeVine said the state is working with federal law enforcement, financial institutions and the U.S. Department of Labor to investigate the fraud and try to recover the money paid out during the huge spike in joblessness during the coronavirus crisis.

LeVine said she can't release specific numbers or details of the ongoing investigation. But she said that countermeasures taken by the state have “prevented hundreds of millions of additional dollars from going out to criminals and have prevented thousands of fraudulent claims being filed.”

LeVine said that in addition to other measures the agency has already taken, they will continue to delay payments — a step they first took last week — to all applicants in order to take extra steps to verify claims. Previously, applicants set up for direct deposit receive their money within 24 to 48 hours. Now, they will need to wait an additional two days.

The New York Times and Seattle Times have previously reported that a U.S. Secret Service alert issued last week identified Washington as the top target so far of a Nigerian fraud ring seeking to commit large-scale fraud against state unemployment insurance programs. LeVine said she couldn't speak to the details of the investigation, but said that the Secret Service alert wasn't directly shared with her, but that the agency received it through other sources.

But LeVine said agency officials realized something was amiss before that alert, once they started receiving communication from employers or employees who received information about unemployment benefits that the employee didn't seek.

More than 1.1 million people in Washington have filed for unemployment benefits since businesses started closing in March due to COVID-19, but state officials said Thursday they believe some portion of an increase in claims seen in the past week are due to so-called “impostor fraud” claims.

LeVine said previously that there have been no data breaches at the agency, and that recent fraud attempts are cases where someone’s personal information has been previously stolen from other sources — like during the 2017 Equifax breach — and is now being used to filed for benefits.



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Post by barrysoetoro » Sat May 23, 2020 5:25 pm

What I want to know is who is making more on unemployment that at their old job?
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Post by nolaxride » Sat May 23, 2020 8:38 pm

barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:25 pm
What I want to know is who is making more on unemployment that at their old job?
Who cares? When their old job calls them back and they refuse, UIC stops.
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Post by donttreadonme » Sat May 23, 2020 8:48 pm

barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:25 pm
What I want to know is who is making more on unemployment that at their old job?
YOU, Cletus! :kneeface:
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nolaxride wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:38 pm
barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:25 pm
What I want to know is who is making more on unemployment that at their old job?
Who cares? When their old job calls them back and they refuse, UIC stops.
How can you possibly make more on unemployment?

Do you know, or not?
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Post by barrysoetoro » Sat May 23, 2020 8:49 pm

donttreadonme wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:48 pm
barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:25 pm
What I want to know is who is making more on unemployment that at their old job?
YOU, Cletus! :kneeface:
I wish, Anus. I remember during Obama's recession when I lost my job, I collected for part of that 99 weeks of DNC unemployment benefits and I sure as hell didn't make nearly as much as on the job.

Not that you would know.
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Post by nolaxride » Sun May 24, 2020 1:09 pm

barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:48 pm
nolaxride wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:38 pm
barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:25 pm
What I want to know is who is making more on unemployment that at their old job?
Who cares? When their old job calls them back and they refuse, UIC stops.
How can you possibly make more on unemployment?

Do you know, or not?
There are an extra $600 dollars added to every check.
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Post by barrysoetoro » Sun May 24, 2020 3:24 pm

nolaxride wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 1:09 pm
barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:48 pm
nolaxride wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:38 pm
barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:25 pm
What I want to know is who is making more on unemployment that at their old job?
Who cares? When their old job calls them back and they refuse, UIC stops.
How can you possibly make more on unemployment?

Do you know, or not?
There are an extra $600 dollars added to every check.
What state is that in? The last time I drew unemployment was 2015, and it was for about 200 a week. That's when we went into another recession. Not nearly as bad as the 2011 - 2014
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Post by nolaxride » Sun May 24, 2020 5:16 pm

barrysoetoro wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 3:24 pm
nolaxride wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 1:09 pm
barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:48 pm
nolaxride wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:38 pm
barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:25 pm
What I want to know is who is making more on unemployment that at their old job?
Who cares? When their old job calls them back and they refuse, UIC stops.
How can you possibly make more on unemployment?

Do you know, or not?
There are an extra $600 dollars added to every check.
What state is that in? The last time I drew unemployment was 2015, and it was for about 200 a week. That's when we went into another recession. Not nearly as bad as the 2011 - 2014
All states, no matter what your UIC payment is.
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Re: 'Hundreds of millions' in bogus jobless benefits paid

Post by DallasDimeBags » Sun May 24, 2020 6:16 pm

nolaxride wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 8:38 pm
barrysoetoro wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 5:25 pm
What I want to know is who is making more on unemployment that at their old job?
Who cares? When their old job calls them back and they refuse, UIC stops.
It is certainly possible that the folks who handle unemployment payments in Washington will catch anyone who does that and stop paying them UIC.

Or course they ARE the same bunch who were snookered into paying out hundreds of millions in bogus unemployment so it isn't a guarantee.
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