Audit: Bogus unemployment claims may have cost Kansas $600M


February 24, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas may have paid $600 million worth of bogus claims for unemployment benefits last year, a legislative audit said Wednesday, more than double an estimate from the state Department of Labor.

The report from the Republican-controlled Legislature's nonpartisan auditing division suggested that nearly 1 in 4 unemployment claims paid last year could have been fraudulent amid a surge in filings during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on the Department of Labor's own data. The department on Tuesday estimated last year's fraudulent claims as worth $290 million.

The department s...

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