Unemployment competition: USA $45B, Cali $30B.

(Washington, DC) — The Labor Department inspector general says there was over 45-billion dollars in potential unemployment insurance fraud from the pandemic. That’s far more than what was previously estimated by the watchdog. Of course that is a national figure– California alone had fraud amounting to anywhere from $20 Million to nearly $33 million in fraud. The federal relief package former President Trump signed in March 2020 widened the ability for people to receive benefits. It led to more than 57-million to apply for unemployment that spring. The inspector general says it found fraudsters using suspicious email accounts or Social Security numbers from the deceased to apply.
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