March 30, 2016
By Jerry Levine, Albany LaborPress
New York, NY – New York State Department of Labor recovered $1.35 million in fraudulently collected Unemployment Insurance benefits in the first quarter of 2016, the largest quarterly total on record. The money was repaid to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund by claimants who collected Unemployment Insurance benefits for which they were not eligible.
"We have no tolerance for those who seek to game the system at the expense of deserving New Yorkers," Governor Cuomo said. "This administration will continue to aggressively crack down on the fraudsters and ensure that Unemployment Insurance benefits go to those who need them."
Cases of suspected Unemployment Insurance fraud are investigated by the Department of Labor's Office of Special Investigations and prosecuted by local District Attorney’s offices. Successful prosecutions result in restitution to the Trust Fund. In 2015, the office set a record, Collects over $3.7 million in restitution from 568 cases statewide.
Acting New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said,"Unemployment Insurance benefits are an important safety net for all New Yorkers and the State Labor Department is committed to safeguarding the system."