More than 1,000 people were charged More officials traced to fraud in unemployment aid since start of pandemic in US $45.6 billion Among potential fraud benefits, a Labor Department supervisor announced Thursday.
Alerts from the Inspector General of the Labor Department indicate that this money may have reached Persons with registered social security numbers in many states of the country, people already deadSuspicious email accounts requested or federal prisoners.
1,000 people indicted and potentially multi-million dollar fraud “underlines the magnitude of this problem”, Inspector General Larry Turner said in a statement.
In the first five months since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Over 57 million people signed up For the Unemployment Assistance Program in the United States, a joint federal and state initiative that constitutes the first line of action against the effects of job loss.
According to the note, in the midst of the pandemic, the program received billions of dollars in injections from federal funds to individuals and organized criminal groups. a high level goal.
Since the start of the pandemic, US officials have uncovered more 190,000 probes For potential fraud in these aides, this figure is 1,000 times higher than the normal amount.
Of the 1,000 people who have already been charged with fraud, they have been sentenced to date “over 400”, added the statement, according to which the sum of these sentences is . More than A total of 7,000 months in prison.