Indiana unemployment agency wins anti-fraud grant

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana agency is receiving nearly $1.5 million from the federal government to help catch those who collect unemployment payments while still working.

The money is coming to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Workforce development agency spokesman Joe Frank says the money will be used to implement a new software system that allows Indiana to share data with all 49 other states to cross-reference information such as Social Security numbers to make sure people working in one state aren’t collecting unemployment elsewhere.

Frank says Indiana previously had the ability to catch such people within the state, but not across state lines.

The money also will go toward software that works with the federal government to expedite unemployment benefits for veterans.

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