Labor Department cracks down on unemployment fraud

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Kansas Department of Labor is asking for the public's help to stop the fraudulent use of unemployment benefits.

Since 2012, the department has investigated nearly 21,000 suspected cases of fraud and collected more than $23 million. That money was returned back to the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.

“The KDOL Employment Security Trust Fund was designed to benefit workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own,” Kansas Labor Secretary Lana Gordon said. “By aggressively targeting fraud and actively recovering overpayment benefits, we’re protecting taxpayers and hardworking Kansans.”

Unemployment insurance fraud is a felony, if convicted. 

Gordon says the effort is nonpartisan, and is the state's efforts to crackdown on the abuse of taxpayer's money.

To report whether someone is taking advantage of unemployment benefits illegally, report it to the Fraud Investigations Unit by clicking here.

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