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More inmates accused of fraudulently seeking jobless checks

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Eighteen inmates in Pennsylvania state prisons and two girlfriends of inmates on the outside are facing new charges in what authorities describe as a scheme to fraudulently obtain jobless benefits for ineligible prisoners. The 20 sets of charges announced Wednesday by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro come a month after prosecutors disclosed the investigation into illegal applications for unemployment compensation benefits that were temporarily enhanced because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shapiro says the investigation isn't over. He says that while some never received the money, the 20 defendants taken together collected about $300,000.

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