A CBS4 investigation has found many prisoners who aren’t allowed to receive unemployment compensation receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state.
Investigators from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Department of Labor and Employment, Colorado Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service believe they have uncovered a complex scheme that successfully scammed the government.
1.3 Million Americans lost their unemployment benefits when the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program expired on Saturday.
The state of Colorado is launching a fraud investigation after a teenager’s Social Security number was stolen and used to get jobs at four businesses.
Among the hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who applied for unemployment last year were a handful of people who made more than $100,000 at the time they were laid off.
Colorado wants its money back after the state paid out $128 million in unemployment benefits by mistake.
Unemployed Coloradans say they’re frustrated by the lack of jobs and by the difficulty getting their benefits.
Colorado is cracking down on people who are taking advantage of the unemployment benefits system. The Department of Labor said fraud has increased along with the number of claims.