Baton Rouge — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said ten Louisiana residents are accused of scams that defrauded pandemic unemployment programs in California and Louisiana to the tune of more than $1 million.
Louisiana Bureau of Investigation agents learned that several groups operating in multiple Louisiana parishes conspired to defraud two COVID-19 unemployment insurance programs, according to a news release sent Tuesday.
The attorney general’s office said that more than 100 false claims from the California Department of Employment Development netted eight people $1 million, and five of them also received more than $60,000 not due to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Were. Six have been arrested and search is on for two.
The statement did not say what amount each of the arrested persons is alleged to have taken from each state or in total.
It said two others were arrested in separate investigations.
A 24-year-old Denham Springs man is charged with collecting more than $800 in unemployment at Livingston Parish Prison. And a 51-year-old Morgan City woman is accused of receiving $8,000 in unemployment benefits even though she was working.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office reported in April that the state’s Labor Department paid $405 million to state and federal pandemic unemployment claims to working people.
That office reported in June that $1 million had been sent to the dead, although about $630,000 of this could not be withheld because benefits were paid before the state received a death report or death certificate.