8 unemployment scams

States mistakenly paid out $1.4 billion in fraudulent unemployment claims last year. Here's how some people got caught.

Counterfeit unemployment checks
Counterfeit unemployment checks
Two California residents pleaded guilty after creating more than 240 counterfeit checks made to look like U.S. Treasury checks, California state unemployment checks and disability insurance checks.

Then they recruited meth addicts throughout the Los Angeles area to cash the checks at 66 different businesses.

They made fake IDs for the cash checkers, using names and addresses from stolen mortgage applications. Then they split the proceeds with the check cashers.


By Annalyn Censky @CNNMoney - Last updated July 09 2012: 10:09 AM ET
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