By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Cheney hit with unemployment fraud

International scheme has targeted Washington state specifically


Last updated 5/28/2020 at 11:15am

CHENEY – A financial fraud apparently launched in Africa has found its way to the West Plains.

According to police, as of May 25 at least 22 incidents have been reported of an unemployment scam authorities are calling very sophisticated, immense and seemly targeted at Washington state, although other states have also been impacted. While fraud, Cheney is classifying the incidents as identity theft.

“We chose to classify them as identity theft because the victims’ names and social security numbers were used in an attempt to obtain fraudulent unemployment benefits, which meets the eleme...

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