For months, the state Attorney General’s office has been working with the Georgia Office of the Inspector General (OIG), investigating unemployment insurance fraud by former state employees. In fact, in January, state officials announced that nearly 300 state employees were suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, Georgia’s state Inspector General warned Gov. Brian Kemp that there were at least 250 state employees who may have committed unemployment fraud who are still on the taxpayer payroll and have not been disciplined. A letter to the Governor at that time said, “those payments averaged $23,700 per employee and totaled more than $6.7 million.” 

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