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Marion County Prosecutor, State To Target Unemployment Fraud

The partnership aims to reduce unemployment insurance fraud.

Terry Curry and Scott Sanders

Photo: Brandon Smith/IPBS

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry (left) and Department of Workforce Development Commissioner Scott Sanders announce their partnership to combat unemployment insurance fraud.

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.

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Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Jack_M_eoph

    How about fraud by companies getting tax abatement for promising to create jobs, then reneging on the amount of job creation or worse yet moving operations?

    How about investigating legislators and their staffs for introducing legislation, working on legislation or voting on legislation for which they have conflict of interest?

    It is easy to target ‘little guys’ as the power of office can overwhelm them easily, but it is not where the big money goes through the holes in government’s pockets.

    Targeting little guys makes news, impresses a few, but does more to take the public’s eye off the massive fraud perpetrated on taxpayers, by the above, boondoggle roads & other ‘public works’ projects. If they targeted that stuff, they’d be going after “their own” & they sure don’t want to take that on!

    It’s just more gutless facade government!

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