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By David Pan 

Police report large increase in unemployment fraud cases

Series: Coronavirus | Story 133

Last updated 5/27/2020 at 12:33pm

The Mukilteo Police Department is being inundated by calls from residents who are victims of unemployment fraud.

The calls from residents, which have numbered up to 15 a day, started to increase about a month ago when the nationwide shutdown, due to the coronavirus pandemic, led to a record number of unemployment claims across the state and nation.

“People are using other people’s Social Security numbers to apply for unemployment benefits,” Mukilteo Police Department Crime Prevention officer Myron Travis said. “Many of the people are working and did not apply for unemployment benefi...

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