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Audit shows state paid dead people unemployment

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An audit shows the state was sending unemployment checks to seven dead people and two dozen current state employees.

The Tennessean reported details of the state audit that triggered the resignations of former Labor and Workforce Development
Commissioner Karla Davis and two other top department officials.

The errors cost the state about $12,000 since July 2011, according to the audit by the state comptroller's audit division.

Labor and Workforce has declined to release the names of those improperly getting payments, citing privacy rules.

Auditors said 18 of the state employees were getting jobless benefits
through fraud while the others had a short overlap between unemployment and getting state jobs. Auditors said all seven deceased people's families were getting money through fraud.

The department is trying to recoup the money.


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