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Pennsylvania attorney general files unemployment fraud charges against 33 residents

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s top cop announced charges this week against nearly three dozen residents caught stealing jobless benefits, including people behind bars at eight different jails and prisons, after the federal government increased payments to address rising unemployment amid the pandemic. 

Attorney General Josh Shapiro and U.S. Attorney Scott Brady called the cases “appalling” and “unprecedented” in a joint statement Tuesday that detailed how 33 individuals scammed the state’s unemployment system by applying for benefits they didn’t qualify for – and often accepting bribes to help others do the same.


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