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Maryland uncovers ‘massive’ scheme involving fraudulent unemployment insurance claims

July 15th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Maryland has uncovered an illegal scheme involving more than 47,500 fraudulent unemployment insurance claims totaling more than $501 million. Governor Larry Hogan made the announcement at an afternoon press conference in Annapolis. “This criminal enterprise seeking to take advantage of a global pandemic to steal hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of dollars from taxpayers is despicable,” Hogan said.

The governor’s office said in a news release that the state’s work “helped shed light on related fraudulent criminal activity in other states” across the country.

Hogan said 96.4 % of unemployment claims have been processed and that the proportion of cases still still pending — 3.6 % — is “in line with pre-pandemic levels.”

The governor said the state quickly notified federal authorities when it learned about the scheme, which he called “massive identity theft.”

One Response to “Maryland uncovers ‘massive’ scheme involving fraudulent unemployment insurance claims”

  1. July 15, 2020 at 9:01 pm, Brian said:

    If they can’t get this money back we the taxpayers end up paying for this incompetence

    Reply

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