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Oregonians receive mysterious unemployment checks paid to strangers, deceased family members


PORTLAND, Ore. — Amy Anderson knew it had to be a mistake when unemployment checks started showing up in her mailbox. The Portland woman didn’t file for unemployment.

“It went from one letter to six to 12- they just grew in numbers,” said Anderson.

And the unemployment checks keep coming. Since early November, she’s received dozens of envelopes from the Oregon Employment Department (OED), despite notifying the agency. Each letter listed her home address, but someone else’s name.


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