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OR Reports $24M In Pandemic Benefit Fraud

(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Employment Department reports 24-million-dollars in fraud during the first year of the pandemic. More than seven-billion-dollars in total benefits were paid and the fraud accounts for three-tenths of one percent of all benefits. Three-million-dollars were the result of identity theft cases and 21-million dollars were from unemployment insurance fraud. Investigators have been able to get one-million dollars back from people who received fraudulent over payments.

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