The Maryland Department of Labor said more than 508,000 misleading new unemployment insurance claims have been discovered since the start of May.
The department said in a release that it has focused on nailing down fraudulent claims since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported. So far, the department has flagged and inquired about in excess of 1.3 million dubious in-state and out-of-state claims.
“With fraudulent activity rampant in unemployment insurance programs across the country, Maryland has consistently adapted and added new security measures to prevent, detect and report fraud,” Gov. Larry Hogan said, CNN reported.
The effort to combat fraud comes as Maryland will end enhanced pandemic federal jobless benefits beginning in early July.
“As the economy recovers and states across the country continue to opt out of federal benefit programs, bad actors are becoming more brazen and aggressive in their attempts to exploit unemployment insurance programs than ever before,” said Tiffany Robinson, the department’s secretary, CNN reported. “I strongly encourage all Marylanders to remain especially vigilant in the coming weeks to protect themselves against scams and identity theft.”