City of Philadelphia employees indicted for pandemic unemployment fraud

Eight employees of the City of Philadelphia are being charged after allegedly providing false information to illegally obtain funds for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said on Thursday the workers colluded to obtain more than $300,000. unemployment benefits is a serious crime. These individuals have taken money from taxpayers and we will fight to get that money back,” Shapiro said. September 2020 by claiming that their employment was terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each person requested and received between the $17,000 and more than $63,000 in PUA benefits, prosecutors said. “All of this was done while they were still receiving checks from the City of Philadelphia for their work,” Shapiro said. To date, Shapiro has said that his office has charged 63 individuals against the state for filing fraudulent PUA applications amounting to approximately $3.1 million in fraudulent PUA funds. Investigations into PUA fraud remain ongoing, Shapiro said.

Eight employees of the City of Philadelphia are being charged after they allegedly provided false information to illegally obtain funds for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said on Thursday the workers colluded to obtain more than $300,000.

“These arrests are an important reminder that falsely claiming unemployment benefits is a serious crime. These individuals have taken money from taxpayers and we will fight to get that money back,” Shapiro said.

Shapiro said agents with his office discovered that the employees had fraudulently applied for PUA benefits during February 2020 and September 2020 by claiming that their employment had been terminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each individual claimed and received between $17,000 and more than $63,000 in PUA benefits, prosecutors said.

“All this was done while they were still receiving checks from the City of Philadelphia for their work,” Shapiro said.

To date, Shapiro said his office has charged 63 individuals statewide for filing fraudulent PUA applications amounting to approximately $3.1 million in fraudulent PUA funds.

Investigations into PUA fraud remain ongoing, Shapiro said.

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