Eleven prisoners collected about $30,000 in unemployment benefits while in jail, according to an audit released today by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
His office stopped another $18,000 in payments from going to them.
“Crime should not pay, but these prisoners figured out a way to game the system from inside a cell,” DiNapoli said.
Auditors reviewed payments made by the Department of Labor to individuals receiving unemployment and matched them against the prison population, coming up with the 11 prisoners. Auditors found another 14 prisoners who also may have received benefits while in jail.