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Walsh Gets Plea for Unemployment Fraud Help from State Groups

March 24, 2021, 5:22 PM

Marty Walsh’s second day on the job as U.S. labor secretary was met with an urgent call from states for help fighting unemployment fraud.

The National Governors Association and National Association of State Workforce Agencies called on the now-former Boston mayor to form a national task force aimed at fraud prevention, in a letter released Wednesday. They noted states have struggled to manage their own anti-fraud strategies since last March’s expansion of unemployment benefits in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“State employment systems are under attack by sophisticated international and domestic organized fraud schemes, including bot attacks,” the associations wrote. ...