US watchdog estimates $45.6 billion in pandemic unemployment fraud

US watchdog estimates $45.6 billion in pandemic unemployment fraud

A federal watchdog found Thursday that fraudsters may have stolen $45.6 billion from the National Unemployment Insurance program during the pandemic, using the Social Security numbers of deceased people and other tactics to deceive and defraud the US government. The new estimate represents a dramatic increase from the roughly $16 billion in potential fraud identified …

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