Federal authorities have joined local efforts to identify and prosecute people who have committed fraud related to the benefits of the Pandemic Unemployment Program (PUA, for its acronym in English).
“The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Labor The U.S. is working closely with the FBI and other federal agencies to investigate various fraud schemes related to PUA benefits, and to help facilitate action by local authorities. When appropriate, depending on the scope and nature of the fraudulent activity, federal charges may be filed, “confirmed US Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow in written statements.
As usual, they said that “[n]or information about ongoing investigations or specific investigative efforts will be publicly shared. ”From the information released by local authorities, however, it appears that they have already recovered about $ 425,650, 68 people have been arrested, and more than more than 3,000 minors requested the benefit fraudulently.
The federal prosecutor asked people “who are aware of or participated in PUA-related fraud to report it to the FBI, cooperate with investigators, and return illicitly obtained profits.”