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Fourteen People Charged With Stealing Unemployment Benefits From D.C.

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Federal prosecutors have charged more than a dozen people with stealing unemployment benefits from the D.C. government.

A total of fourteen people were charged with first degree felony fraud. Prosecutors say the District paid out more than a quarter of a million dollars in fraudulent benefits.

U.S. Attorney Ron Machen says, in his words, "Cheaters who lie to obtain those benefits undermine our ability to help those who are truly in need."

Half of those charged by prosecutors are not D.C. residents.

Bill Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney's office, says this round of arrests is not related to the massive unemployment fraud scheme involving dozens of District government workers that was uncovered last year.

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