ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul has announced plans to crack down on unemployment insurance fraud.
A recent State Department of Labor investigation found that insurance fraud accounted for more than eleven million dollars in benefits payments in August alone.
“At the height of the pandemic, when our state experienced an unprecedented unemployment crisis, these fraudulent unemployment insurance claims took resources away from New Yorkers who needed them most,” Governor Hochul said. “My administration is taking action to step up our investigations of unemployment insurance fraud, hold those who take advantage of the system accountable, and protect this crucial benefit for New Yorkers in need.”
Paid almost exclusively to those working while also collecting unemployment insurance payments during the pandemic, Hochul said that the State would take steps to get that money back.
Those steps include establishing repayment plans and garnishing both state and federal tax returns.