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280,000 suspected unemployment fraud cases under review in Virginia | #phishing | #scams | #hacking | #aihp

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Employment Commission is currently reviewing hundreds of thousands of suspected fraud cases, according to VEC Commissioner Carrie Roth. 

In an interview on Thursday, Roth said the backlog is the result of historic underfunding and understaffing at the start of the pandemic, coupled with a record number of weekly claims and a relaxed application process designed to get money out the door quickly during a sharp economic downturn.

Roth said, since March 2020, the state has distributed $1.6 billion in known and potentially fraudulent claims. She said that accounts for roughly 10% of all payments. 

Currently, Roth said the VEC is in the process of reviewing 99,376 unpaid and 180,261 paid potentially fraudulent claims. 

“We want people to know that only the individuals who have received benefits that they have earned are the folks that we want to pay. Anybody else, we’re coming after you,” Roth said. 

Alicia Hanrahan, who says she was a victim of fraud, has yet to see results. 

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