Arkansas governor targeted in pandemic unemployment fraud

Fort Smith, Arkansas September 24, 2019 - The U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort smith Arkansas choose the 130th Anniversary of the U.S. Marshals to dedicate it’s brand new Hall of Honor and the museum building itself. This is the first part of the museum to be finished so far, the museum is still under construction and hopes to open to the public by the end of next year. Speakers at todays dedication included Doug Babb, Sam T. Sicard, Robert A. Young III, Ltd. Governor Tim Griffin, Governor Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Marshals Director Donald Washington. Photo by: Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he was targeted by scammers who fraudulently filed on his behalf for unemployment assistance intended for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Hutchinson on Tuesday said he received a notice over the weekend that he had been approved for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The Republican governor said he never applied for the aid. The state says it has frozen thousands of unemployment claims that had been flagged for potential fraud. Arkansas on Tuesday reported 784 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 15 more deaths.

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