1. America's pandemic of unemployment fraud

Illustration of money wrapped in crime scene tape.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

COVID-19, and the government’s response to it, created a perfect storm for unemployment fraud — which Axios reported could have accounted for half of all the payments made throughout the pandemic.

Why it matters: The government has not officially audited the issue. But there are good reasons to believe that the number is enormous.

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