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Unemployment Benefits

Audit: State paid unemployment benefits to prisoners

Audit: State paid unemployment benefits to prisoners

The state paid unemployment benefits to some people behind bars, according to an audit that also found other problems in the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The audit of the Division of Unemployment Insurance, which was released Friday, found that the agency did not periodically review whether people getting unemployment benefits were incarcerated, had the same address as others also getting benefits, or were DLLR employees. In a sampling, auditors found that four incarcerated people were paid about $17,700 in benefits between June 2012 and December 2013. In some cases, the agency ran these periodic checks, but did not review the results, the Department of...