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.
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.
“This probe continues to be ongoing,” said Mallory, who has credited access to a specialized database for the initial detection of the fraud.
Mallory’s department has referred 318 cases to the District’s inspector general, some of which have resulted in civil lawsuits and criminal prosecutions. Other cases are pending.
“Many of these individuals did lose their employment,” Mallory said. “There are several cases in front of the U.S. attorney, and those will take their course.”
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