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NY Stops Unemployment Checks Abroad

New York's comptroller says a new computer sleuth has stopped $90,000 in unemployment checks that were headed to New Yorkers apparently vacationing abroad this summer and to foreign scammers. WAMC's Dave Lucas has details.
 
 
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli tells The Associated Press his office found the checks bound for Europe, Mexico, Vietnam and other foreign bank accounts through a computer filter installed in June.

That was put in place after the state Department of Labor noticed people were filing their weekly "recertification" of eligibility for benefits from internet IP addresses in other countries.
 

People in New York and some other states have for years been able to certify eligibility online after initially applying in person. It replaces in-person visits requiring recipients to show identification.

 
The labor department says it will tighten its controls.
 
 
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.