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Unemployment insurance program getting help in ferreting out fraud
Unemployment insurance program getting help in ferreting out fraud

California's troubled unemployment insurance program is getting a little more high-tech. In recent years, the state Employment Development Department has been plagued by breakdowns of a 30-year-old computer system. Staffers were forced to spend extra time manually dealing with cases to look for irregularities or suspected fraud. The upshot was that tens of thousands of legitimate claims for benefits of up to $450 a week were denied or delayed, making it hard for jobless workers to pay rent, buy gas and put food on the table. Now, the agency hopes it's found a faster, cheaper and more accurate way to zero in on fraudulent claims that cost an estimated tens of millions of...

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