Maine’s fraud investigations have derailed some Mainers’ federal unemployment benefits

Peter McGuire reports:

The effort to root out identity fraud in Maine’s unemployment insurance system has delayed establishing federal programs to aid jobless Mainers.

From the week ending May 30 to the week ending June 20, the Maine Department of Labor canceled roughly 23,900 initial claims and 41,000 weekly certifications that were determined to be fraudulent – a total of 64,900 claims.

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