The Big Government Blog article states that, “According to an official in the Department of Workforce Development (DWD)[,] about 75-135 jailed individuals receive unemployment insurance on a monthly basis.” It also mentions that the DWD Deputy Administrator Andrea Reid deemed about half of these claims to be fraudulent. The other half represents people who are booked over-night or jailed on a short-term basis who, therefore, are still eligible to file and receive payment for unemployment claims.
What about Wisconsin residents incarcerated out-of-state that are claiming benefits in Wisconsin, or relatives claiming benefits in those people’s names? Wisconsin wouldn’t even know.
The blog post also mentions that a typical perpetrator of inmate fraud is the spouse, significant other, or parent of the inmate.
Talk about a family business.