. How billions in pandemic aid was swindled by con artists and crime syndicates « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NBC – Government aid programs have long been fertile ground for scammers. But the scale of the fraud in the unemployment program created by the CARES Act has reached a staggering level, state and federal officials say.

The Labor Department inspector general has yet to complete a full investigation but, based on previous programs, estimates at least $63 billion of the $630 billion in disbursements has been misspent.

Senior federal law enforcement has said the fraud is so complex and multilayered that it will take months to develop a full accounting.

Learn more about these extensive fraudulent activities and how they are being handled at NBC News.

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Criminals are using 3-D printed masks of victims’ faces to pass identity verification checks for stimulus benefits.





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