U.S. Taxpayers Lost $163B to Unemployment Fraud During Pandemic. It Could Have Been Worse

By Elaine Mallon | Inside Sources

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Matt Albence, USA-IT spokesman and former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was featured in an article on COVID unemployment benefits fraud and how private-public partnerships could have avoided it:

“This is another example of the need for public-private partnerships. Criminals are smart and rapidly change their operations to exploit situations for their own profit. It happened when COVID-19 swept across the country and criminals flooded the market with counterfeit PPE, and it happened again when criminals found they could take advantage of government relief. If industry and government are siloed in their efforts, criminals will continue adapting and evolving—and we will continue to pay the price.”

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