$191 Billion COVID Jobs Fraud, $1 In Every $5 Misspent Says Top Official

  • Slightly more than $1 out of every $5 distributed in unemployment insurance payments during the pandemic could have been improper, mostly fraud.
  • Larry Turner, the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Labor, said Wednesday that of the more than $888 billion in total federal and state unemployment insurance benefits distributed during the pandemic at least $191 billion could have been improper payments, “with a significant portion attributable to fraud.” Turner told members of the House Ways and Means Committee during a hearing. That’s up from a previous estimate of $163 billion.
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