While thousands of out-of-work Wisconsin residents have had to wait weeks – and even months – for their unemployment benefits, the state is saying others got benefits they weren’t owed. The Department of Workforce Development has identified almost eight-thousand possibly fraudulent unemployment claims. Investigators say nearly six-million dollars in erroneous payments may have been made between mid-May and November 13th. That’s a little over one percent of the four-point-three-billion dollars in payments made by the state. The D-W-D says its safeguards have prevented another 53-million in possible fraudulent overpayment by those trying to ripoff the system.

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