florida_unemployment_1.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ A new state audit is finding that thousands of Floridians were collecting unemployment checks while also getting taxpayer help for child care.


State legislators on Tuesday were briefed on a sweeping audit of Florida's Office of Early Learning, which is responsible for administering programs intended to help pre-school children. Auditors found numerous problems.

One key finding is that nearly 16,600 people received nearly $40 million worth of state-subsidized help with child care while at the same time they also collected more than $54 million worth of jobless benefits. A handful of individuals are now under investigation for possible fraud.

The new director of the office told legislators they were responding to the numerous audit findings and will set up a fraud unit.