OR Reports $24M In Pandemic Benefit Fraud
(Salem, OR) -- The Oregon Employment Department reports $24 million in fraud during the first year of the pandemic. $3 million was the result of identity theft cases and $21 million went to unemployment insurance fraud. Investigators have been able to get about a million dollars back so far.
In total, over $7 billion was doled out, so officials stress that the fraud only accounts for a very small percentage of accounts-- about three-tenths of a percent of all benefits