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Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 02/06/2012

D.C. unemployment fraud crackdown underway

Mallory estimates double-dipping city employees cost taxpayers about $800,000. (D.C. Department of Employment Services)
Elsewhere on, I am reporting that nearly 150 current and former D.C. government employees have been accused of collecting unemployment checks while holding their city jobs. Nearly 90 of them still work for the city and have been placed on leave today ahead of their potential firing.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration, including Employment Services director Lisa Mallory, is taking credit for cracking down on the fraud in recent months. And credit they deserve for taking steps to prevent double-dipping within the city government. But here’s a question: Why weren’t the city’s human resources department and unemployment office talking to each other sooner to prevent this sort of thing from happening?

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