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Prisoners Collect Millions in Unemployment Checks

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On February 23, 2013 @ 10:44 pm In The Point | 3 Comments

Well they are unemployed. If you don’t count a life of crime as a job.

State and federal officials say inmates across the country continue to collect millions each year in fraudulent unemployment benefits — often the result of oversight — with the most recent case in Pennsylvania, where more than 1,000 people collected benefits while behind bars.

The problem is hardly isolated to Pennsylvania. The states with the highest fraud rate over that period were Arizona at 9.21 percent; Mississippi at 9.05 percent; Louisiana at 8.29 percent; South Dakota at 5.95 percent; and Pennsylvania and New Mexico tied at 5.22 percent. The total amount of improper payments was roughly $890 million.

A recent audit in South Carolina purportedly shows the state is also paying unemployment benefits to inmates as well as children, dead people and residents of other states.

State Sen. Kevin Bryant said the percentage of claims could be as high as 25 percent.

You can’t discriminate against Underage-Americans, Undead-Americans and People-Who-Don’t-Live-Here Americans. That would be Unconstitutional.


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