DENVER (CBS4) — The state has confirmed it has paid out more than $19 million in fraudulent unemployment claims since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment provided the update during a news conference we streamed live on CBSN Denver Friday morning.

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Earlier this week, the state unemployment administrators said they estimated fraudsters got away with as much as $30 million since the pandemic began.

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The state says while it lost the $19 million, it estimates it has prevented another $37 billion from getting into the hands of fraudsters.

They are currently investigating more than one million suspicious claims.

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The CDLE says it is implementing new strategies every day to prevent any more fraud from happening.