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.
Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”In Jail and Getting Unemployment? Yep.,” by Brett Healy published by the Big Government Online blog, September 14, 2011.
Well, they are out of work, after all…
In March, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), started to cross match their data with data from the Department of Health Services to combat inmate fraud in unemployment insurance claims. As of September 2, the number of over-payments to 236 inmates was $325,416.
According to an official in the Department of Workforce Development, about 75-135 jailed individuals receive unemployment insurance on a monthly basis.