Sunday, July 03, 2011

Feds say $17 billion in fraudulent Unemployment Claims last year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A nationwide crackdown is coming for people fraudulently drawing unemployment payments - those who were never eligible and workers who keep getting checks after they return to work - a $17 billion benefits swindle last year alone, say federal officials.

With the poor economy lingering and the jobless rate remaining high, Rhode Island and other states are stepping up efforts to stop the fraud and improper payments.