Unemployment insurance fraud is growing in Illinois. Here’s what you need to know

State and federal officials are encouraging Illinoisans to stay vigilant as reports of unemployment insurance fraud swell. From the onset of coronavirus pandemic, fraudulent claims have been an issue as a record number of Illinois residents file for benefits and Congress provides additional jobless aid. Illinois has stopped more than 350,000 fraudulent claims since March 1, according to the state’s Department of Employment Security. Reports of fraud have been so widespread — often inundating local police departments — that the FBI, IRS and several state agencies launched a task force to tackle…

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