With Rising N.C. Jobless Rate Comes Rise In Fraud

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- North Carolina investigators say the rise in unemployment has sparked an increase in the number of people trying to cheat the system.

The Charlotte Observer reports that investigators with the Employment Security Commission found 5,044 fraudulent overpayments worth more than $13.3 million last year, up 13 percent from the year before and 24 percent from 2004.

The state recovered only about half the money last year.

The state estimates it has paid nearly $52.7 million in fraudulent benefit payments during the past five years and recovered $26.5 million.

The fraud schemes could cost even more tax dollars than what's reported because of a shortage of investigators.

State officials say the commission has 22 fraud investigators across the state, the same number as five years ago.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 20, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    Buzz, when cabinet appointees haven't paid taxes, Blogo and all of the corrupt information over Chicago dems, this is just par to the course. Will they do anything about it, no. Have you noticed the lack of coverage of the tea party?
  • by Buzz Location: Mill Creek on Apr 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM
    What, there are people that would cheat the system! I thought that ALL of my (hard earned) money was going to people that actualy needed it. I beleive that this is just one of the reasons for last weeks TEA parties. nothing to do with election results. Just plain fed up... Buzz-
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