$46 Billion In Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Stolen By Fraudsters

An employee counts US dollars at a bureau de change in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 10, 2015. The Brazilian real devaluated Thursday 1.92% against the US dollar. Brazil was downgraded by Standard & Poor's financial services company and lost its investment-grade credit rating.                  AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA        (Photo credit should read VANDERLEI ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The inspector general for the Labor Department on Thursday published a report into fraud during the pandemic, finding billions in false unemployment claims
  • Some 205,000 Social Security numbers that belonged to dead people were used to claim benefits
  • Other criminals took the Social Security numbers of criminals and used them to make claims

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