The Kansas Department of Labor sent letters late last year to Laura Kelly about the unemployment benefits she had claimed.

The only problems were that Kelly had not filed a claim, and that she is employed — as the state’s governor.

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A tsunami of fraudulent unemployment claims sweeping the nation has cost states and the federal government tens of billions of dollars in payments, many to overseas crime syndicates and nefarious hackers who have gained access to Americans’ Social Security numbers and other identifying information.

The scope of the crisis is not yet known, though the early estimates are eye-popping: California officials have identified at least $11.4 billion in fraudulent claims, and they suspect another $20 billion may be fraudulent.

Read more at The Hill.