Unemployment fraud cases reported in October

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials have recorded nearly 280 cases of unemployment insurance fraud in October worth more than $27,000 in penalties.

The state Department of Labor says the cases coincide with a change in Nebraska's employment security law. The change requires workers who commit fraud to pay back the benefits as well as an additional 15 percent penalty.

The most common cases of fraud in Nebraska involve individuals who intentionally fail to report earnings. A program that allows officials to reduce or withhold federal income tax refunds if a person fails to pay back the unemployment insurance benefits or the penalty has recovered more than $2 million in 2013.

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