Dozens Of D.C. Workers May Lose Jobs Over Alleged Unemployment Fraud

Lisa Mallory Washington DC employees unemploymentDozens of city workers in the nation's capital have been suspended, and face possible dismissal and prosecution for allegedly drawing unemployment benefits while still working.

Nearly 90 Washington, D.C., employees were suspended Monday while the investigation proceeds, The Washington Post reports, citing District of Columbia officials. Another 40 former city workers who cashed checks they weren't entitled to also face prosecution.

The investigation showed that the city paid out about $800,000 in unemployment benefits to working city employees since 2009. Citing privacy restrictions, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's office declined to release the names of the workers.

According to the Post, some employees received $20,000 or more, while others received only a few hundred dollars. The District of Columbia's government employs about 32,000 workers.

The workers' scam wasn't complicated or unusual, the newspaper notes. The accused workers simply didn't make authorities aware that they had returned to work after a period of unemployment and continued to draw the benefits.

"Some are people who come in and out of government and never stopped [receiving unemployment checks]. Some may have worked in parts of an agency where for the summer months you don't work," said Lisa Mallory, director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services, which oversees the jobless benefits program in the District.

There was no clear pattern to the fraud, Mallory said. "It's just a matter of certifying you aren't receiving income when you are receiving income."

The probe began last spring after "serious concerns" about the way in which the program had been administered during the last few years, the city government said in a statement, according to Reuters.

The allegations that city employees "double dipped" to pad their paychecks is the latest controversy to hit the city.

Last month, D.C. Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. resigned after being charged with embezzling city funds and filing false tax returns, and a plan to bring Internet gambling to the city is likely to be repealed after an Inspector General's report raised concern about the awarding of a contract to the city's lottery vendor.




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James Wentz

Anyone want to be most of them are nlggers?!?

November 21 2012 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beverlyamy1

maybe with any hope the prez will lose his.

February 10 2012 at 2:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
moonraker

IT SHOWS IF IT CAN BE DONE,,PEOPLE WILL DO IT, REGARLESS OF INTEGRITY

February 08 2012 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vertigo

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February 08 2012 at 12:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vertigo

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DAN KILLION

DONT STEAL...goverment hates compitition....

February 08 2012 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cherryle

Wow and the people are getting the blame for all of this while the Government employee's are having a joy ride on money that doesn't belong to them - and they know it - Suspended! you have to be kidding me, these people need to be in jail - prison for the crimes they have commited - it is what you would do to the people if the were not working for the Government - no wonder the Government is in such a mess - and just how many others are getting away with it - people are hurting badly - they are in need of help but their are just so many selfish, greedy people out their they have no feelings at all - bet they all had a very good time spending money on things - bet the Super Bowl was a higligh of blasting off with a great time and great food - while people on the streets are eating out of garbage cans - if you let these people stay on the job we are in big trouble - if they don't go to jail or prison they will only do it all over again - its like a game with these people and its not just them - its in every department of the Government - They steal from the people for their own personal satisfaction - in so many words - "who cares about the people" all they care about is themselves. Pitty in the olden days they would be hanging from the nearest tree - tared and feathers or worse - God Help Us All - do they have to pay the money back or is it insured which means they kept the money and trying to get off the hood for being criminals. and that is what they are. People like that would be on wanted posters, bounty hunters looking for the rewared posted to catch them - today - nothing seems to matter who steals what - they still find a way to twist things around like nothing happened - thats another crime - getting away with it is even worse.

February 08 2012 at 6:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jelun

Don't you think it might be a good idea to INVESTIGATE and find out which people are actually guilty before putting them in jail?
You may not be aware of it, but, people do this gig all the time... work and collect benefits.
Luckily, the government keeps records so that people who commit fraud can be caught.
Those who work "underground" for a contractor just keep their money, the contractor works for cash, the employee works for cash and we get to pay them all.

February 08 2012 at 7:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rowiep

Not sure why they would not lose their jobs unless they are counting the ones they get in prison. Pretty sad when you have people like this that have a living and still take advantage.

February 08 2012 at 6:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rowiep

Not sure why they may only lose their jobs. Unless your counting the jobs they should have in prison.

February 08 2012 at 6:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
molivia2008

what about the, "hispanics". they work, and receive free medical, dental, food stamps, housing asisstance on a daily basis. during tax season they become seperated and claiming to live apart, he files two kids on his taxes as seperated-head of household and gets 4-5000.00 taxes back, then she waits a couple weeks and does the same. then one or both have another social security card wich shows they are not working and gets several hundred dollars in food asisstance, housing, medical, and so forth. i work around them and they explained how easy it was to scam the u. s. goverment. the call it working the system........................

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