There's been a shift at the state level when it comes to prosecuting unemployment fraud. In January, Attorney General Josh Kaul paused all prosecutions against those who fraudulently pursued unemployment benefits to re-assess the Justice Department's approach. Kaul is re-evaluating how his predecessor handled the cases. Meanwhile, data from the Department of Workforce Development shows that Governor Tony Evers is also scaling back unemployment fraud enforcement. DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman said in the years under former Attorney General Brad Schimel and former Governor Scott Walker the focus on fraud became so aggressive that many qualified applicants became deterred from applying for jobless claims because they feared getting in trouble from an honest mistake.
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