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