The system failed at almost every conceivable level

Across the U.S., criminals have stolen over $200 billion in pandemic-related state unemployment benefits by filing fake claims and using false identities.

The government received applications for unemployment benefits from Mickey Mouse, Poopy Britches and John Doe.

By all counts it was the greatest fraud in history and a catastrophic failure of fraud controls.

Check out this video from NBC’s Tom Costello reports for TODAY.