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8 Philadelphia police employees accused of pandemic fraud

Eight civilian Philadelphia Police Department employees have been indicted on charges of collecting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance they were not entitled to. Seven of the employees are dispatchers and one is a clerk.

By The Associated Press

Pa. cracking down on unemployment comp fraud with new ID verification measures

Cyber criminals have been targeting public benefits across the country throughout the pandemic, harvesting personal information that has been leaked through various data breaches to file new claims on behalf of real people.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

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Pa. updated its unemployment compensation system. Then cyber fraud spiked

“What Pennsylvania is seeing is very common across the country,” said James Lee, COO of the Identity Theft Resource Center.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Victims of unemployment fraud in Pa. blindsided by tax documents

Thousands of apparent victims of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance fraud have received unexpected tax documents reporting income to the IRS they never took.
By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

‘This is not right’: Pennsylvanians being hit by tax bills due to unemployment fraud

Pennsylvanians – some of whom were never unemployed – are receiving tax bills due to a widespread fraud problem.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

New Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments paused in Pennsylvania due to uptick in suspicious claims

PUA was created through the federal CARES Act and is easier to apply for than other forms of unemployment benefits. As a result, it has extended benefits to millions of non-traditional workers, such as temps and gig workers, but it’s also been the target of fraud nationwide, with scammers often using the stolen identities of real people to apply.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Probe: Pandemic jobless pay went to Pennsylvania inmates

About 10,000 state prison inmates in Pennsylvania fraudulently applied for unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors said.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press