Tonight @ 11: Inmates collecting unemployment

Loni Blandford

Tonight @ 11: Inmates collecting unemployment

CREATED May. 8, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - They're sitting in jail awaiting trial or serving their sentence. But Contact 13 discovered at the same time, some Nevada inmates are collecting unemployment. 

Possibly millions of dollars over just three years, paid to people who were behind bars.

"If they're incarcerated how does the state not know this," asked mom Robyn Curtis who is on unemployment.

It's the five million dollar question we took to state officials.

"Why isn't it being caught while it's happening? Why does it take an audit to catch this," asked Chief Investigator Darcy Spears.

"Some if it is being caught, prior to the audit we were investigating and pursuing approximately 50 cases," explained Jeff Frischmann, Chief of Unemployment Insurance Operations for the state's Unemployment Security Division.

Contact 13 Investigates tonight on Action News Live @ 11.