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North Carolina Lawmakers Start Work on Unemployment Fraud Prevention

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  • April 06, 2012

A special House task force created by Speaker Thom Tillis and designed to curb unemployment fraud met for the first time on Tuesday in Raleigh. The meeting included presentations by the North Carolina Employment Security Commission and the federal Office of Unemployment Insurance. A recent audit by the U.S. Department of Labor found that North Carolina overpaid jobless benefits by $534 million from 2008 to 2011. According to North Carolina officials, almost half of these overpayments were due to fraud, with most people collecting benefits after they had found a job and returned to work. Members of the task force are aiming for recommendations before the full Legislature reconvenes for its budget-adjusting session in May.