A legislative auditor’s report finds the state Department of Employment and Economic Development is falling short on detecting fraud in Minnesota’s Unemployment Insurance program, either by impostors or through identity theft. Republican Representative Rod Hamilton from Mountain Lake says:
“The very first recommendation that the Auditor put in the report was, the legislature could consider requiring DEED to report on a regular basis about fraud in the U-I program.”
DEED officials says a drastic increase in U-I applications during the pandemic strained their ability to perform standard fraud prevention and detection processes. Hamilton says the department should have necessary tools and resources.