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Among many benefits for citizens and businesses, the CARES Act includes a provision of temporary benefits for individuals who have exhausted their entitlement to regular unemployment compensation, as well as coverage for individuals who are not eligible for regular unemployment compensation, are self-employed or have limited recent work history. During the COVID-19 pandemic, fraudsters have been perpetrating numerous lucrative UI fraud schemes at a significant rate. State and local law enforcement agencies are at the forefront in uncovering these schemes. The Georgia UI Fraud Task Force supports these agencies by providing assistance with evidence collection, offering guidance investigating complex fraud schemes, and referring cases for federal prosecution, among other needs. Representatives from agencies including the Georgia Department of Labor, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia’s Office of the Attorney General, the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, Homeland Security Investigations, IRS -- Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Social Security Administration -- Office of the Inspector General and all three of Georgia’s U.S. Attorney’s Offices serve on Georgia’s UI Fraud Task Force. “The sole purpose for unemployment insurance is to support people suffering during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history," U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Charlie Peeler said in a news release. "It is unconscionable that individuals are corrupting the unemployment insurance system by essentially stealing benefits from our next neighbors who are most in need at this time.

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