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US watchdog admits $46 BILLION in pandemic
unemployment benefits was stolen by fraudsters
using the SSNs of DEAD people and prisoners
- year after saying it was just $16billion

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Posted By: Ribicon, 9/23/2022 8:57:18 AM

Fraudsters stole nearly $46billion in unlawful unemployment claims during the pandemic, the Labor Department concluded on Thursday—while warning that the actual figure may be even higher. Criminals used inventive measures to access the COVID benefits, with more than 205,000 Social Security numbers that belonged to dead people being used to claim the cash. Some schemes saw the Social Security numbers of prisoners being used, despite them being ineligible for the unemployment benefits. The latest figure is more than double the earlier estimate, issued by the Labor Department last year, when they concluded that $16 billion had been stolen.(Snip)The Labor Department inspector general said 190,000 investigations have been opened

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Blatant fraud that should be immediately detectable instead goes through. On the other hand, the integrity of our nation's voting systems, in which players determine their eligibility simply by checking a box on a form, cannot be questioned.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: cor-vet 9/23/2022 9:27:13 AM (No. 1285540)
How much went to the 'big guy' and his inner circle minions?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: mobyclik 9/23/2022 9:27:30 AM (No. 1285541)
Serious question: Is anyone surprised?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: smokincol 9/23/2022 9:37:40 AM (No. 1285555)
and every single dollar fraudulently stolen was/is our tax money, what the hell is going on in this federal government of ours, that has been hijacked by a bunch of communists posing as democrats? the repubs had better produce something significant if they get the House and Senate or else every bit of faith the people have in this government is gone.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: EJKrausJr 9/23/2022 9:58:42 AM (No. 1285572)
What was the Big Guy's cut? Fraud and Government largess. Like White on Rice.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: wilarrbie 9/23/2022 10:00:43 AM (No. 1285577)
Yes, but none of those dead people voted - and there's no reason to remove them from the voter rolls. (It interrupts the cash flow, too) Here is a very good project for the 87K armed IRS Force. They could track this down. It's not new - the fraudsters are first in line for any gov't giveaway boondoggle. 9-11. Katrina, any natural disaster (oooo, new climate relief funds, equality funds, anti-racist roads funds - the playground keeps getting bigger!). But no - IRS agents will be looking into working taxpayers bank accounts to make sure we're forking over 'our fair share'.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 9/23/2022 10:04:13 AM (No. 1285580)
This is likely the biggest fraud EVER. That is almost 50,000 people each getting a million dollars in stolen money. Or half a million people each getting $100,000. How is this massive, massive fraud even possible? Why isn't this money clawed back and the perps put in prison?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Ribicon 9/23/2022 10:05:06 AM (No. 1285582)
Our federal government's aim is to squander as much as possible, leading inevitably to financial collapse of the nation while destroying our personal wealth in the process, in part by holding the citizenry responsible for paying down costs of their magnificent largesse ("the way to destroy the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation"). This is done by the many agencies and departments whose job it is to spend money ("we will hang you with the rope you made"), and not one single Republican has made a credible vow to dismantle this apparatus.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MDConservative 9/23/2022 10:44:55 AM (No. 1285622)
This stuff was an open gold rush, and to think that only $46 billion went to fraudsters is like crying over that bottle line spillage at a brewery. Anyone with brains knew this was a giveaway that would attract crooks like honeybees. Our Federal government tossed $14 TRILLION at COVIDS. Really, let's talk about government fraud...and inflation...and that silver-bullet elixir that morphed into killer poison before our very eyes. It's only money. Listen to the presses...BBBRRRRRRR...they're making more as we fret.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: mariboo72 9/23/2022 11:13:21 AM (No. 1285652)
It wasn't only the dead and prisoners! Thousands of living, law abiding citizens had their ss#'s stolen to claim unemployment benefits.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds 9/23/2022 11:46:47 AM (No. 1285692)
Easily ten times that amount was fraudulent...
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Starboard_side 9/23/2022 12:13:09 PM (No. 1285723)
Look how easy that was, and they claim voter fraud is not a big problem? How do they know when they didn't know about this scheme, and it's using dead people's information. Wonder why the Democrats fight so hard to keep dead people on the voter registration rolls any longer?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: wilarrbie 9/23/2022 12:27:17 PM (No. 1285740)
Don't worry - the college loan trillion will all be legit.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: LadyVet 9/23/2022 12:32:33 PM (No. 1285745)
There were people drawing Social Security who also signed up for unemployment. There is no measurement of this rip-off as Dems have to have the vote of the demented and old timers who would sell their souls for another dime od Social Security.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 9/23/2022 12:51:32 PM (No. 1285769)
If the money is really gone, it wasn't stolen by 'fraudsters', it was stolen by congressional leadership. Who know what it's being used for but this was a planned steal. Every time the Crats control the govt we hear stories about missing billions here and missing billions there - never with any followup.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: MickTurn 9/23/2022 11:58:59 PM (No. 1286178)
This wasn't stolen, it was given to cronies...they likely kept track of their 'friends' names to approve their applications.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: mifla 9/24/2022 4:03:57 AM (No. 1286253)
Tell me again how I am not paying my "fair share"?
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