PA. CRACKS DOWN ON UNEMPLOYMENT CHEATS

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Alice Ballard, a job-rights lawyer in Philadelphia, agrees that the debt should be paid down, but questions the state’s true intentions.

“All politicians love to get credit for going after fraud, and we all know that when they’re talking about fraud, they’re almost always talking about the little guy — they’re talking about the voter, they’re talking about the welfare recipient, they’re talking about the unemployment comp claimant,” said Ballard. “But if we’re trying to ensure the solvency of the trust fund, why aren’t we going after employer fraud just as aggressively as we are going after claimant fraud?”

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