FAST FIVE: "Historic Levels Of Fraud": US Watchdog Estimates $45.6 Billion Bilked From Pandemic Unemployment Program
But officials at the watchdog office warned their accounting still may be incomplete: They said they were not able to access more updated federal prisoner data from the Justice Department, and acknowledged that they only focused their report on “high risk” areas for fraud.
DOJ director of covid-related enforcement, Kevin Chambers, described the situation as “unprecedented fraud,” while the IG's office says it's opened roughly 190,000 related investigative matters since the beginning of the pandemic.
One lawmaker actually who's actually pursuing the fraud is Sen.
Wyden praised the “strong effort to identify criminals,” but stressed the need to overhaul the jobless benefits system.
“I've long said we need a national set of technology and security standards for state systems to better prevent this kind of fraud, and we're going to keep working to get our reforms passed,” he added.