More than 1,000 people were charged with fraud in aid to the unemployment since the beginning of the pandemic in USA. and authorities detected $45.6 billion in potentially fraudulent benefits, the Labor Department supervisor announced Thursday.
The alert from the Inspector General of the Labor portfolio indicates that this money would have been delivered to individuals with a social security number registered in multiple states of the country, people who have already died, requested from suspicious email accounts or to federal prisoners.
The indictment of 1,000 people and the potential multimillion-dollar fraud “underscores 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, more than 57 million people in the United States signed up for the unemployment assistance program. unemploymenta joint federal and state initiative that constitutes the first line of action against the impact of the lack of employment.
According to the note, the injection of billions of dollars that this program received from federal funds in the midst of the epidemic gave individuals and organized criminal groups a high-level target.
Since the start of the pandemic, US authorities have opened more than 190,000 investigations into potential aid fraud, a figure more than 1,000 times the usual volume.
Of the 1,000 people who have already been charged with fraud, “more than 400” have been sentenced to date, the statement added, according to which those sentences add up to more than 7,000 months in prison in total.
Source: diario libre