Unemployment fraud being targeted by Baton Rouge officials

Louisiana Politics
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 9:56pm

The Louisiana Workforce Commission says it's cracking down on unemployment insurance fraud in the Baton Rouge area.

The commission teamed up with other state agencies and the attorney general to catch people trying to defraud the system.

Since April, they've arrested 46 people in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Over the next few weeks, they're looking for people statewide.

"We've got to send a message that this isn't the system you want to rip off…this isn't the system,” said Curt Eysink with the LA Workforce Commission. “So, if you want to rip off, don't come here."

State leaders say they've busted a man in Florida, who's allegedly claimed $1.2 million in unemployment benefits.

They're stepping up security state-wide, to catch people who are working while claiming they're unemployed.

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