A new year in 2020 brings . . . five more prosecutions of African-Americans for unemployment fraud. Indeed, all five of these new cases involve African-Americans in Milwaukee county.
As noted here, initial appearances for these new cases are slated on election day, Feb. 18th. And, these numbers raise the percentage of cases being against African-Americans to more than 80%.
In 2020 (2020!), how and why can this racial targeting still be going on?
Note: the rationale for NOT pursuing these cases for purposes of restitution is put into doubt when the plea deal for one of these cases is being delayed for several months to allow for restitution to be completed. In this light, it is all too apparent that the Department of Workforce Development and the Department of Justice are filing these cases, in part, as a debt collection tool.