10 people accused of jobless scams
— COMPILED BY DEMOCRATGAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE REPORTS
BATON ROUGE — Ten Louisiana residents are accused in scams that defrauded pandemic unemployment programs in California and Louisiana out of more than $1 million, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said. Louisiana Bureau of Investigation agents learned that multiple groups operating across several Louisiana parishes conspired to defraud the two covid-19 unemployment insurance programs, according to a news release sent Tuesday. More than 100 false claims to California’s Employment Development Department netted $1 million for eight people, and five of them also got more than $60,000 that they weren’t due from the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the attorney general’s office said. Six have been arrested, and two are being sought. It said two other people were arrested in separate investigations.