The State of Maryland has uncovered an unemployment insurance fraud scheme targeting Governor Larry Hogan, Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson and other high-ranking officials.

The fraudulent claims, which were filed using stolen identities, were immediately blocked, and state and federal partners were notified. Maryland State Police and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General are coordinating to investigate the scheme.

The Maryland Department of Labor weekly cross-checks all claimants filing and reporting the State of Maryland as their last employer.

“We have been more aggressive than any state in going after the rampant fraud that is targeting unemployment insurance systems nationwide,” said Governor Hogan. “The vast majority of claims we have flagged have been confirmed as fraudulent, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. This is another example of how this kind of fraud can happen to anyone, and we need to remain vigilant.”

Over 85% of the claims flagged were confirmed as fraudulent. The Maryland Department of Labor is investigating both in-state and out-of-state claims.

  • Of the 115,356 out-of-state claims that have been identified as being potentially fraudulent, 105,738 (91.7%) have either not uploaded the verification documentation requested or their documentation has been reviewed and denied.
  • Of the 98,769 in-state claims that have been identified as potentially fraudulent, 76,388 (77.3%) have either not uploaded the verification documentation requested or their documentation has been reviewed and denied.
  • There are currently 1,823 (0.8%) in-state and out-of-state potentially fraudulent claims pending manual review and verification by a team of specialists.

From March 9 to November 28, the state’s Division of Unemployment Insurance paid a total of $8,224,675,615 in state and federal unemployment insurance benefits to claimants.