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Some unemployed jobseekers trying to double dip

Vince Coglianese Contributor
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DENVER – He’s got jobs to fill, yet one local employer says many applicants will only take the work if the pay is in cash. That cash, he says, would be paid under the table so the worker can continue to collect unemployment benefits.’

A few local industrial companies are starting to see more potential employees trying to cheat the system.

Ed Sleeman, owner of Colorado Drywall Supply, posted two new jobs eight months ago.

Sleeman says about 40 of the applicants have admitted they’re unemployed, and are hoping to double dip.

“They’ll come in and say, ‘Well, I’d look at the job but if you could pay me cash I’d take the job so I could keep my unemployment,'” Sleeman said.