Arkansas governor targeted in pandemic unemployment fraud

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FILE - In this March 23, 2020 file photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, speaks in Little Rock Ark. Gov. Hutchinson is resisting issuing a broad stay-at-home order to curb the coronavirus outbreak, even as the state's cases continue to increase. Health officials on Thursday, March 2, 2020, said the number of coronavirus cases in the state had risen to at least 643, with two additional deaths. (Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP File)

By ANDREW DeMILLO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he was targeted by scammers who fraudulently filed on his behalf for unemployment assistance intended for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Hutchinson on Tuesday said he received a notice over the weekend that he had been approved for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The Republican governor said he never applied for the aid. The state says it has frozen thousands of unemployment claims that had been flagged for potential fraud. Arkansas on Tuesday reported 784 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 15 more deaths.