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Newspaper: FBI, US attorney investigate Florida jobs centers

October 5, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have taken over multiple investigations into whether two Florida jobs centers overstated their success at using tax dollars to help people find work.

The Tampa Bay Times reports federal auditors also served notice to Gov. Rick Scott’s Department of Economic Opportunity that they are further examining whether the agency has adequate safeguards in place to protect millions in federal tax dollars it doles out to Florida’s job placement centers.

The shift to a criminal investigation locally comes months after the newspaper published a series of reports questioning whether CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay in Hillsborough County took credit for finding jobs for people who never sought their help.

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