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Experts: 50% of Pandemic Unemployment Money Likely Stolen and Sent to Countries Like China and Russia

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Criminals have had a field day filing fraudulent unemployment claims, some experts say, with much of the money ending up overseas.

Blake Hall, the CEO of ID.me, an authentication company, told Axios that over $400 billion has been paid out in fraudulent claims in the United States.

Hall estimated that as much as 50 percent of all unemployment money paid out by the government has been taken by those who had no legal claim to it.

When lockdowns and other coronavirus-related rules were imposed, businesses began to close, throwing millions of Americans out of work. Congress responded with an increase in unemployment benefits. Unemployed Americans claimed those benefits through state unemployment agencies, many of which were unable to handle the spike in applications and experienced significant technical glitches.

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“Those benefits have attracted the largest cyber attack in terms of fraud in American history,” Hall said, according to KSND-TV. “The fraud rates that we’re seeing are over 10 times what we usually see at federal agencies.”

CEO of LexisNexis Risk Solutions Haywood Talcove projected that at least 70 percent of the ill-gotten claims money ended up in the pockets of foreign criminals based in places such as China, Nigeria and Russia, Axios reported.

“These groups are definitely backed by the state,” Talcove said.

Axios noted that street gangs have also capitalized on the opportunity and make up the lion’s share of the rest of the fraud claims.

In speaking about California’s ability to fight fraud, Hall said, “[The Employment Development Department], like many of the other state workforce agencies we work with, are on 1980s technology.”

“We have a duty to sound the alarm bell to say if you’re going to distribute $600, $700 billion in aid, you better make sure you have the right security measures in place.”

“We have been focusing on where the bad guys were, not where they are,” said James Lee, the COO of the Identity Theft Resource Center.

“The whole unemployment fraud situation has been the biggest wakeup call in a decade.”

“Criminals have found ways to get around our authentication and we have got to catch up,” Lee said. “We’ve got to find a better way for people to prove they are who they say they are.”

Identity theft has become a lucrative undertaking due to the huge unemployment benefits payouts available.

“When you have an identity that can be turned into $20,000 plus, literally every criminal and crime ring in the world is going to target these workforce agencies,” Hall said.

“It’s like having a train full of gold from Fort Knox go out and there’s just no security guards on the cars,” he added. “I’d be surprised if any large state made it out with less than tens of billions of dollars in fraud.”

In one recent case in California, according to KTLA-TV, a couple was accused of collectively filing more than 35 fraudulent claims and netting $600,000.

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Louisville Police Put Out Alert After Student Is Shot Dead at Bus Stop

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A 16-year-old died and two other teenagers were wounded after a drive-by shooting Wednesday at a school bus stop in Louisville, Kentucky.

Police have issued an alert for a gray Jeep with Illinois license plates captured on a surveillance camera.

The dead teen was identified as Tyree Smith, according to WAVE-TV.

“A teen who should be in school today will not be there, and will never be there again,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said, noting that Smith is the city’s 145th homicide victim so far this year.

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Louisville Police Maj. Shannon Lauder said that at about 6:20 a.m. a vehicle drove past the spot where students were waiting for the bus, let loose with multiple shots and then drove off. One teen was wounded by a bullet and another was injured in an undisclosed fashion in the incident, police said.

Sharonda Smith, the victim’s aunt, told WAVE her nephew was not targeted.

Charletta Anderson, the boy’s great-aunt, said Wednesday’s shooting was not the first at the bus stop.

“It’s just that bus stop been getting shot up, like I just told you, since school started,” she said. “He was caught in the crossfire for whatever reason somebody else might’ve did. He was going to school.”

“This about the fourth time they f***ing shot up the bus stop, excuse my French,” Anderson added.

“We’re very involved in his life and his dealings. Two weeks from school started they shot it up. They told the school; they didn’t do nothing. They did it again a week or two later, and then they just did again this morning. That’s unacceptable. Unacceptable.”

Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields said Eastern High School, which Smith attended, has a gang problem.

Although police are hunting for the vehicle, Anderson said she is not expecting much in the way of results.

“So I bet that nobody seen nothing then,” she said. “Nobody never sees nothing … never.”

Tay Lawson of Crosby Middle School, who was waiting at a nearby bus stop, said his mother tried to help Smith.

“He took his hand off and [blood] started coming through his chest again,” Lawson said, “so Mom told him to put this towel on him until the paramedic comes.”

Lawson said he will do the only thing he can for the suffering families.

“I feel for you and I pray for you,” he said. “I will pray for you and continue to pray for you.”

Councilman Anthony Piagentini, who represents the area where Smith’s school is located, said the shooting was “about as bad as it gets for it to be children. Waiting at a bus stop, heading to school is about the lowest that this city can get.”

“I’ve already called on the mayor, and I’m calling on him now,” he said. “We need to call in any resources we can — FBI, federal agents, state police, National Guard.”

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A 16-year-old died and two other teenagers were wounded after a drive-by shooting Wednesday at a school bus stop in Louisville, Kentucky. Police have issued an alert for a gray Jeep with Illinois license plates captured on a surveillance camera. The dead teen was identified as Tyree Smith, according to WAVE-TV. “A teen who should be in school today will not be there, and will never be there again,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said, noting that Smith is the city’s 145th homicide victim so far this year. Louisville Police Maj. Shannon Lauder said that at about 6:20 a.m. a vehicle drove past the spot where students were waiting for the bus, let loose with multiple shots and then drove off. One teen was wounded by a bullet and another was injured in an undisclosed fashion in the incident, police said. Tyree Smith, a 16-year-old junior from Eastern High School never made it to class today, after he was killed in a drive-by shooting at his bus stop at Chestnut and Dr. WJ Hodge. Two other kids were also shot, but survived. @WHAS11 pic.twitter.com/peyHQk5Ol9 — Brooke Hasch (@WHAS11Hasch) September 22, 2021 Sharonda Smith, the victim’s aunt, told WAVE her nephew was not targeted. Charletta Anderson, the boy’s great-aunt, said Wednesday’s shooting was not the first at the bus stop. “It’s just that bus stop been getting shot up, like I just told you, since school started,” she said. “He was caught in the crossfire for whatever reason somebody else might’ve did. He was going to school.” “This about the fourth time they f***ing shot up the bus stop, excuse my French,” Anderson added. “We’re very involved in his life and his dealings. Two weeks from school started they shot it up. They told the school; they didn’t do nothing. They did…

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Florida's New Surgeon General Comes Out Swinging Against COVID Mania: 'We're Done with Fear'

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Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has hired a new surgeon general who will allow science, measured thinking and reason to dictate how health authorities approach the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and other matters of public health.

Dr. Joseph Ladapo was introduced by DeSantis at a news briefing shortly after the doctor was also announced to be joining the faculty at the University of Florida. The governor shared some information about the doctor’s background.

“Dr. Ladapo comes with us by way of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is married; he has three children,” DeSantis said. “He was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was five. His father is a microbiologist and brought his family to the United States to continue his own studies and the apple doesn’t far fall from the tree.”

DeSantis remarked his new hire is a former Wake Forrest University decathlete who obtained his degree in medicine from Harvard Medical School, and later his doctorate in health policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. DeSantis was so proud of his state’s new surgeon general he bragged about him online:

Those who might not have been impressed by his resume are sure to be stunned by how intact his mind and heart are.

Ladapo, a UCLA medical professor who opposes forcing people to wear masks and take COVID vaccines, had a clear message for all who were listening. In accepting his new position, he shared a message that surely tested the limits Democratic Party and establishment media’s terror machine: Fear will not be taken into account as long as he’s making the decisions.



“Florida will completely reject fear as a way of making policies,” Ladapo told reporters in Tallahassee.

He added bluntly: “So, we’re done with fear.”

Ladapo continued saying that fear has been a “centerpiece of health policy in the United States, ever since the beginning of the pandemic.”

“It’s over here,” he said. “Expiration date: It’s done.”

“We’re compassionate, we get it, you know, there are scary things — we’ve seen a lot of fear from COVID over the past almost past year and a half, and it’s very understandable. But the way to approach that is not from a place of fear, because it doesn’t lead to good decisions,” he said.

“We’ve seen a lot of that, where the risks and benefits of decisions haven’t been considered, wholly or thoughtfully, so that’s over here,” he added. “In terms of our approach, you know, we are going to have a positive approach. We’re going to acknowledge the fact that there are some things that are scary, but that’s not the only thing.”

DeSantis, a model governor in an age of big government insanity, has hit another home run. Ladapo is not a man of fear. He’s a man of reason, and he will react to evolving situations based on logic and not impulse.

Of course, the establishment media is already smearing Ladapo with predictable headlines. Newsweek, for example, shared news of the doctor’s hiring by connecting him to African Dr. Stella Immanuel, who last year was excoriated by the cynical corporate media for things she’d said in her ministry in Texas.

“Ron DeSantis’ New Surgeon General Appeared in ‘Demon Sperm’ Doctor’s COVID Conspiracy Video,” the outlet claimed through a misleading headline. How is Ladapo connected to Immanuel? Both last year appeared in a video — along with a lot of other doctors — which championed personal choice and challenged mask mandates over efficacy concerns.

The doctors also touted some common medicines as a potential way to treat cases of the coronavirus. Of course, anyone who goes against the grain in the era of COVID, cancel culture and intrusive mandates will be slung with mud. The fact that the establishment media can’t stand Ladapo is a pretty important data point. It means he’s probably the right man for the job.

We know he’s already challenged the notion that fear should drive policy. In an era where pandemonium brought on by words from people such as Dr. Anthony Fauci too often prevails, that’s refreshing. Florida is ushering in a new day with regard to public health.

The state is bolstering an already rock-star-leadership cast with a man who is supremely qualified to be the state’s top doctor.

Perhaps other states will follow. It would be nice to see public policy derive from something other than capitulation to anxiety.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has hired a new surgeon general who will allow science, measured thinking and reason to dictate how health authorities approach the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and other matters of public health. Dr. Joseph Ladapo was introduced by DeSantis at a news briefing shortly after the doctor was also announced to be joining the faculty at the University of Florida. The governor shared some information about the doctor’s background. “Dr. Ladapo comes with us by way of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is married; he has three children,” DeSantis said. “He was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was five. His father is a microbiologist and brought his family to the United States to continue his own studies and the apple doesn’t far fall from the tree.” DeSantis remarked his new hire is a former Wake Forrest University decathlete who obtained his degree in medicine from Harvard Medical School, and later his doctorate in health policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. DeSantis was so proud of his state’s new surgeon general he bragged about him online: Today, I appointed Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD as Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health. He has a remarkable academic and medical career, and will bring great leadership to @healthyFla. Watch: https://t.co/7b3KnwIpjI — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 21, 2021 Those who might not have been impressed by his resume are sure to be stunned by how intact his mind and heart are. Ladapo, a UCLA medical professor who opposes forcing people to wear masks and take COVID vaccines, had a clear message for all who were listening. In accepting his new position, he shared a message that surely tested the…

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