Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita’s office says it has recovered millions in funds taken from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Rokita says Deputy Attorney General John Millikan worked to recoup $3.3 million.
Rokita says Millikan targeted funds deposited into bank accounts by scammers who accumulated unemployment benefits using stolen identities from information gathered on the dark web.
Investigators found the scammers would funnel the stolen money into the same bank account, or several of them, established around the country with the same bank. Millikan says Green Dot Bank held more than $3 million of the stolen unemployment benefits.
Millikan says DWD staff helped along the way to recover the money.
“With the help and dedication of the Department of Workforce Development, we were able to identify and recover large-scale unemployment benefits-related fraud. I am grateful for the good-faith negotiations from Green Dot Bank and other financial institutions that brought about this great result for Hoosier taxpayers. The Rokita administration will continue to investigate and assist in clawing back unemployment funds paid out due to fraud.”
Millikan says if you learn your identity has been fraudently used in a claim for unemployment benefits, you should report it to the Attorney General’s office using this form.