D.C. employees sued for allegedly receiving unemployment benefits while working

The D. C. Attorney General’s Office on Thursday filed lawsuits against 13 current and former city employees to recover unemployment pay they allegedly collected while still employed by the District.

The lawsuit filed in D.C. Superior Court alleges the employees wrongfully received unemployment pay ranging from $4,320 to $13, 790 while still working for various agencies within the government.

Government officials say the office of the Department of Employment Services is still investigating other allegations before handing them over to the Office of the D.C. Inspector General.

The office said some individuals may agree to repay the money to avoid civil collection efforts, but the workers still may face disciplinary actions.

“Those who have defrauded the District government must be held accountable for their actions,” Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in a statement.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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