CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Wednesday that 32 people have been indicted for unemployment insurance fraud.
“Stealing money from the unemployment insurance program is a crime against every taxpayer in Illinois and must not be tolerated," said IDES Director Jay Rowell in a statement. "The allegations that a few individuals schemed to line their pockets at the expense of others is outrageous."
The charges allege that the accused schemed to defraud the IDES of nearly $874,000.
According to US Attorney Gary Shapiro, whose office announced the charges, the accused have addresses in Chicago, Alsip, Bolingbrook, Buffalo Grove, Calumet, Carpentersville, Flossmoor, Joliet, Kankakee, LaGrange, Lockport, Matteson, Naperville, Park Forest and Westmont.