Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state has saved more than $500 million since 2011 as the result of innovative efforts to prevent unemployment insurance fraud. The Governor cited some of the technologies that the state Department of Labor (DOL) uses to help prevent and detect fraud, including new-hire and incarceration data cross-matching, data mining and foreign Internet Protocol (IP) address blocking.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“These fraud-fighting reforms have helped strengthen New York’s Unemployment Insurance system for job seekers and ensure employers do not bear the burden for those who seek to game the system. This administration will continue to crack down on Unemployment Insurance fraud and make sure that these benefits only go to the New Yorkers who need them.”

This represents some progress in addressing this type of fraud. We’re pleased to see progress, and we hope that this continues to be an administration priority.