Virginia Employment Commission says fraud may have compromised 4,200 jobless claims

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Employment Commission is investigating fraud that the agency says may have compromised 4,200 unemployment insurance claims.

The commission announced the investigation in a release Wednesday, Oct. 5, adding few details other than that the agency is cooperating with law enforcement and has isolated a group of claims that may have been affected “to prevent further activity” on them and any other claims.

In a statement, VEC Commissioner Carrie Roth said the agency has already returned some unemployment benefits and is working to return benefits to those affected by the fraud.

“The Virginia Employment Commission team acted promptly to identify affected applicants and prevent further illegal activity,” Roth said. “We are committed to solving this problem and are working with law enforcement to prosecute those responsible for these actions.”

The agency faced criticism and eventually federal class action for processing a large number of unemployment claims in the midst of a pandemic.

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