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Unemployment fraud problems continue for state, laid-off claimants in Pennsylvania

440,000 unemployment claims have been flagged as potentially fraudulent between when its new computer system went online last summer and the end of 2021.
By Kate Giammarise/WESA

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Officials say they’re continuing to fight fraud involving Pennsylvania’s beleaguered unemployment system

The state has struggled to distinguish between fraudulent and legitimate claims, which some said led many unemployed Pennsylvanians to deal with cumbersome verification systems designed to root out fraud.

By Kate Giammarise/WESA

Unemployment refunds going out to those Pa. overcharged five years after issue discovered

In all, the agency estimates it owes $19.4 million to tens of thousands of people who were erroneously charged an inflated interest rate between 2006 and 2016.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Federal aid ending for hundreds of thousands in Pennsylvania

In the first week of August, roughly 640,000 people were receiving the extra $300 per week.

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

Wolf admin sat on 2017 probe of unemployment error but denies ‘cover-up’

The state’s top labor official said there was never an attempt to deliberately conceal an error that resulted in thousands of people being overcharged millions of dollars in interest.

By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA

Updated: July 12, 2021 | 2:00 pm

Department of Labor admits it overcharged unemployed Pennsylvanians millions of dollars

The agency will send millions in refunds to roughly 250,000 people after months of inquiries from Spotlight PA about the issue.

By Rebecca Moss/Spotlight PA

Florida building collapse leaves many asking questions about structure durability and safety

Also on the program: Department of Labor and Industry rolls out new unemployment compensation system

By Scott LaMar