Officials Skeptical of New Database Review That Finds as Many as 350 People in Maine Once Had a Paying Job

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maine paradeAUGUSTA, Maine — Mainers seeking to cheat the unemployment compensation system are up against yet another tool to catch them, a state computer match with the national database of newly hired workers that found 350 cases of potential fraud on its first use. “We have been using the state new hire database for years,” said Laura Boyett, director of the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation. “This is the first time we have been able to query the national new hire database.” Employers in every state are required to enter information on all newly hired employees, which forms the national database. She said federal funds were used to pay for the necessary changes to the state computer system to allow it to pull data from the national database and match it with the state list of those receiving unemployment benefits. She said the new hire databases at both the state and federal level were created to help collect child support payments but have proven a good tool to find fraud and improper payments in the unemployment system. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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