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NC House forming task force aimed at unemployment fraud


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina House is forming a task
force to see what it can do to discourage people from attempting to
bilk the state unemployment insurance system of benefits.

House Speaker Thom Tillis announced Tuesday the creation of the
panel that's being asked to offer recommendations to the full
General Assembly before it reconvenes for the budget-adjusting
session in mid-May.

The group will examine whether unemployment fraud penalties are
similar to those for other acts of fraud and how to make workforce
training and job placement a key mission of the recently revamped
state Division of Unemployment Security.

Lawmakers already are looking for a way to pay back $2.6 billion
the state owes the federal government for paying unemployment
benefits when state unemployment insurance funds ran out.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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