Schmidt calls for credit protection after audit reveals more than $400 million in fraud payments

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GOP candidate for governor Derek Schmidt on Thursday urged Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to provide credit monitoring services to all Kansans for at least one year after an audit found the state paid out as much as $466 million in fraudulent unemployment claims.

Schmidt, the state's attorney general, said the governor is refusing to hold her administration accountable for "tremendous failures" at the Department of Labor during the pandemic when millions were paid out in fraudulent unemployment claims.

The Kelly administration responded immediately, saying the audit report showed no evidence of a data breach - an issue that was hotly . . .

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