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Louisiana paid out about $6.1 million in unemployment assistance to more than 1,000 state employees “who did not appear to be eligible” from Feb. 20, 2020, to July 24, 2021, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor found.
“While some of these employees may have been victims of identity theft, others appear to have received benefit payments for which they were ineligible,” the audit found.
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The report on improper payments to ineligible state employees comes as the auditor found last year that Louisiana paid more than $405 million in fraudulent or ineligible pandemic relief benefits to nearly 100,000 people as an overwhelmed unemployment system was also affected by legislation passed by lawmakers in 2020.
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