New audit reveals as much as $466 million in fraudulent unemployment payments


A new forensic audit found that Kansas paid out potentially as much as $466 million in fraudulent unemployment claims during the pandemic.

The legislative-approved audit conducted by a private accounting firm examined 1.5 million claims from about 1.1 million people totaling about $3.5 billion in payments.

The firm examined the period of March 15, 2020, through March 31 of this year.

The audit found that most of the fraud payments, which in total ranged from $441 million to $466 million, came from people who had self-reported fraud claims.

It was not immediately known just how . . .


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