More scam unemployment claims have been filed in Colorado than legitimate ones

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Fraudulent unemployment claims in Colorado outnumbered legitimate claims in 2020, 9News has found.

DENVER — Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment has found itself in a constant battle against scam artists and identity thieves as it tries to get pandemic assistance to real people who actually need help. 

“We’re now in the fraud business, and a year ago, we were not,” CDLE Executive Director Joseph Barela said. “We have to walk a tightrope from the demand and mission to get out these benefits quickly as possible to people who are experiencing financial hardship.” 

So many scam artists have connected to the state’s labor system, they’ve managed to file more fraudulent claims compared to legit claims filed by Coloradans, 9Wants to Know has found. 

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