Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Over 300 DC Government Employees Caught Collecting Unemployment

This is a follow-up story from earlier this year. It notes that the number of people suspected of defrauding DC unemployment checks has more than doubled to over 300. Shockingly it also notes that people have been fired and some are even facing criminal charges. I suspect that is because they have refused to pay back the money they stole. Still why not charge more of them with a crime. Paying back what they took unlawfully is not punishment. It is an expected first step. There still needs to be punishment.
The District said Monday that hundreds of city workers took nearly $2 million in fraudulent unemployment benefits, a scandal that roiled the D.C. government earlier this year and prompted widespread firings and criminal charges.

Lisa Mallory, the director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services, told the D.C. Council that her agency had detected $1.9 million in overpayments to District workers who collected unemployment benefits while on the city's payroll. - Washington Examiner
The current total according to the story is 318 cases. I have an idea, how about jailing them for the same amount of time that they were collecting unemployment, other than for those who were busted with a week or less of overlap. This is on top of firing them.

Democrats want to tell you that there is no such thing as fraud. And yet, here it is. Worse, they were responsible for catching it. I do have to give them credit for pursuing this crime. Perhaps it is because of how bold a fraud it was.

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