Fraud and backlog claims disrupting unemployment benefits

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (NewsNation Now) — Fraud and backlogged systems are disrupting unemployment benefits.

State officials in California said they will stop processing new applications for two weeks, while it enacts reforms and reduces backlog.

Systems across the country have been inundated with phony applications, using stolen identities, according to officials.

The U.S. Labor Department reported more than 12 million people are collecting jobless benefits in the U.S.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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