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Countless Americans have found themselves suddenly jobless and counting on unemployment insurance payments, but massive fraud has been revealed across multiple states, totaling millions, if not billions of taxpayer dollars. Gov. Hogan of Maryland noticed a massive influx of “out-of-state” claims during the pandemic. In an effort to get relief to the citizens of his state, claims were being processed and expedited at a rapid rate, but there was clearly something wrong. They discovered $501 million dollars in fraudulent claims along with growing evidence that the sophisticated efforts involved stealing the personal information of citizens and could possibly be national and even international in origin.
Now twelve other states are also investigating, and the number is growing.
According to the governor, the scheme was detected over the July Fourth weekend when the Maryland Department of Labor noticed a spike in out-of-state Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims. The agency immediately froze all out-of-state accounts and ultimately blocked payment to more than 47,500 bogus claims totaling $501 million.
The PUA Program, in particular, allows individuals to self-certify that they are unemployed due to the coronavirus, eliminating the regular check-and-balance that exists under the regular state UA program, increasing the potential for fraud,” Maryland Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson said.
This pandemic continues to cause so much suffering, and while states may have tried to bypass regular checks and balances to help their citizens, it has opened a window to insidious vultures with no consciences, to suck funds from states and everyday Americans who are trying to get by another day. While Attorney General William Barr continues to sound the alarm on the recent hacking activities by our adversaries, and he can add this one to the list.
I hope the governors of states that are allowing thugs to take over police precincts and bash and burn businesses, realize this is going on behind the scenes too by real thugs, and maybe the distractions are linked to fund this racial unrest and socialistic change? Somebody is getting a lot of money.Published in