About 7,000 people statewide collected $14 million in fraudulent jobless benefits in 2010, a 56 percent increase over 2009, according to the state Employment Security Department.
Those identified as receiving fraudulent jobless benefits will have to pay back the money and face other penalties, including fines and potential jail time.
In one case, an individual was redeeming his unemployment checks twice.
“His bank allowed him to take a picture of his check and deposit it electronically,” according to Employment Security. “To double his money, he cashed his actual checks at a different establishment and he also used his infant child’s name to file for additional unemployment benefits.”
Employment Security paid $4.6 billion in jobless benefits to more than 500,000 people in 2010.