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Audit: Minnesota agency didn't follow requirements for front-line worker payment program

The state's legislative auditor says the Minnesota agency charged with issuing COVID-era front-line worker checks didn't comply with some requirements for the program, resulting in payments going to some individuals who were ineligible and to others whose eligibility couldn't be confirmed.

The Office of the Legislative Auditor's report on the Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay Program, released Tuesday, found the Department of Labor and Industry didn't verify hours and in-person work requirements to be eligible for the payment, relying on an employee's self-reported work details.

Auditors also found some fraudulently received payments, including people who used the names of individuals who died before the application window opened.


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