Lawsuits Expected in D.C. "Double-Dipping" Scheme

City workers got unemployment checks while still working, officials said

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012  |  Updated 8:18 PM EDT
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Lawsuits Expected in D.C. "Double-Dipping"

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The District government plans to sue several current and former city employees for insurance fraud.

The workers are accused of collecting unemployment checks while still working.

D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said his office will begin filing civil lawsuits in the next few weeks to recover the estimated $800,000 in jobless benefits paid out since 2009.

The city fired 61 of the 92 employees suspended in February in connection with the double-dipping scheme.

“Like our Mayor (Vincent Gray), I take these cases very seriously," D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan said. "My office is fully committed to recouping all monies it can from present and former city employees who illegally obtained unemployment compensation while working for the city government. As we continue to receive referrals from the Office of the Inspector General—about 30 cases thus far—we are preparing civil collection cases against the individuals involved.”

The illegal payments were between a few hundred dollars per each employee to more than $20,000, city officials said.

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