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Gov. Scott stops by News Channel 8, talks unemployment

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

The vendor responsible for the state's new troubled unemployment system "didn't do their job right," Gov. Rick Scott said in an interview with News Channel 8 on Wednesday.

Scott made a stop at the News Channel 8's News Center on Wednesday, addressing issues including flood insurance rates, Venezuela and the unemployment system.

The CONNECT system that launched in October has prompted complaints in the Bay area and across the state from unemployed workers who say they've had trouble with the website and delays in getting their benefit payments.

Asked about the time it's taken to get problems fixed, Scott said the executive director of the state's Department of Economic Opportunity is "doing a very good job" and pointed to issues with the contractor responsible for building the new system.

"The vendor Deloitte Touche didn't do their job right so they've been fined, they've been fined millions of dollars and fined every day that it wasn't working," Scott said. "But they've worked diligently to fix it and they are fixing it and so everybody will get paid and is getting paid."

The new system, which launched Oct. 15, was also supposed to help prevent fraud in unemployment claims. However, 8 On Your Side found identity thieves have still been able to get through the system with fake claims.

DEO confirmed last week that $420,000 in potentially fraudulent claims were paid out since November.

Asked whether that is an acceptable level, Scott said, "zero would be the acceptable level."

"You want no fraud," he said.

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