Dems remains silent as COVID fraud numbers soar

The editorial board of the Wall Street Journal just put out an article highlighting the fact that “Democrats in Congress refuse to do anything” about the staggering amount of COVID fraud that has taken place. 

This comes following the latest report on COVID fraud from the Department of Labor’s independent watchdog.

The latest update

It comes from Inspector General Larry Turner.

Turner has put together a report on the COVID fraud that took place between March 2020 and April 2022, and he now estimates that the COVID fraud that has taken place is likely around $45.6 billion.

This figure is significantly higher than previous estimates of about $16 billion. $16 billion is a huge figure in its own right, but nowhere near $45.6 billion.

Turner also reports that more than 1,000 people have now been charged with fraud.

Turner recently put out a statement on the matter, saying:

This milestone of 1,000 individuals being charged with crimes involving UI fraud and the identification of $45.6 billion in potentially fraudulent UI payments highlights the magnitude of this problem. Hundreds of billions in pandemic funds attracted fraudsters seeking to exploit the UI program — resulting in historic levels of fraud and other improper payments.

Silence

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, in their article, went after the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats for not doing more to address this situation.

The board writes, “The IG blames the growing numbers on the Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) . . . Yet 19 months later, the memo reports, ‘ETA has not taken sufficient action’ which ‘significantly increases the risk of even more [unemployment] payments to ineligible claimants.'”

The Journal’s board goes on to accuse House Democrats of continuing “to cover for the Labor Department’s failures.”

The board writes:

Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee this summer introduced antifraud legislation to track the flow of funds and fix the practices leaching the system. Democrats haven’t moved on it, and last week they blocked a GOP “resolution of inquiry” that would have forced the Administration to provide more specific information about the unemployment fraud.

The Journal concludes, “the refusal by Democrats to investigate what happened and plug the leaks is an abdication of Congress’s duty to make sure government is competent. But their priority is sending more money out the door.”