“Nearly 3,200 households making more than $1 million per year received unemployment benefits during the economic downturn, according to Bloomberg, amounting to $80 million paid out by
“As much as 30 % of the wrong payments in 2010 went to people who had returned to the workforce but continued to claim benefits, according to Dale Ziegler, deputy administrator for the Office of Unemployment Insurance at the U.S. Department of Labor.” (Those payments came even after a 2009 executive order by President Obama seeking new policies to cut payment errors, waste, fraud and abuse.)
Last year, the government overpaid $10.8 billion in unemployment insurance alone tied to fraud, waste and abuse. On average about 50% of overpayments are collectable, but with so much money to collect and so few resources as it is, states need to focus on the 50% that they can actually recover.
The federal government projections for 2015 and 2016 show that the improper payment rate for unemployment insurance could increase to 10%.
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By identity proofing applicants before processing their applications, we know whether the person seeking benefits is truly the individual applying for them. This approach has already saved taxpayers millions of dollars...
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Unemployment insurance fraud cost the federal government $3.3 billion in 2011. Unemployment benefits aren’t always going to the jobless. Learn More >>
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