The state Department of Workforce Development and the Marion County prosecutor’s office are partnering to target fraud in the state’s unemployment insurance program.
Indiana’s unemployment program is administered online, and because the program’s server is housed in Indianapolis, the Marion County prosecutor has jurisdiction to prosecute all unemployment fraud cases in the state.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says the new partnership will help consolidate efforts to address unemployment insurance fraud.
“We will be able to begin to learn more about how individuals abuse this system and establish these cases,” Curry says. “We began with Workforce Development and their own internal investigators but now the State Police will be part of this effort and in addition, obviously our office has the resources including a subpoena power, grand jury and I think we can more effectively develop these cases as we go forward.”
Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Scott Sanders says the state discovered more than $13 million in unemployment insurance gained through fraud last year alone.
“Through this partnership with the prosecutor as well as our internal folks, I think we’ll continue to expand that and that number’s likely to grow,” Sanders says.
Curry says he is assigning one of his deputy prosecutors to work solely on unemployment insurance fraud cases.