DLT Takes Action Against Alleged Employee Criminal Conduct

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Department of Labor and Training (DLT) announced today that it has referred a complaint involving possible employee criminal conduct to the Rhode Island State Police for further investigation.

The alleged misconduct involves one or more employees of DLT’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) division.

In the course of a routine quarterly audit on February 13, a UI manager found accounting irregularities, which led to an internal investigation and evidence of possible wrongdoing by one or more workers. DLT notified the State Police immediately and has turned the matter over to the State Police for further investigation.

“Even one instance of alleged fraud is one too many. Our team takes preserving the publics integrity very seriously,” DLT Director Scott R. Jensen said. “This incident demonstrates that our internal procedures to catch potential fraudulent and criminal activity are working.

During the fourth quarter of 2014, UI staff received 18,013 Internet claims, 5,238 help emails, and 20,115 telephone calls for assistance.

Over the course of calendar year 2014, UI staff processed 76,712 initial claims and DLT paid $184,240,972 in UI benefits.

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