D.C. says more than 300 city workers involved in unemployment scandal
The District said Monday that hundreds of city workers took nearly $2 million in fraudulent unemployment benefits, a scandal that roiled the D.C. government earlier this year and prompted widespread firings and criminal charges.They've managed to recoup about half of the money fraudulently doled out, and have some employees on schedules to pay some more back. The story lists exactly two employees who were punished criminally; one was sentenced to 45 days and another was given a suspended sentence. This is for stealing multiple thousands of dollars. Nothing like coming down hard on the lawbreakers!
Lisa Mallory, the director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services, told the D.C. Council that her agency had detected $1.9 million in overpayments to District workers who collected unemployment benefits while on the city's payroll.
It absolutely floors me that any of these people are not in prison, let alone still have jobs. It is positively mind-boggling that someone could collect unemployment benefits while on the city payroll - heck, it's astonishing that there's not a way to cross-reference names so this doesn't happen routinely. It is nothing short of moronic that something like this could happen in this day and age of computers and tracking.
Then again, nothing that happens in DC could surprise me...
That is all.