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Kansas Department of Labor officials subject of death threats

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Posted at 12:43 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 13:43:22-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several Kansas Department of Labor officials have received death threats this week as the agency tackles issues with its unemployment system.

In a news release Friday, the agency said it began receiving threats after recent coverage of KDOL’s fraud mitigation efforts.

Following that coverage, an agency spokesperson said KDOL employees started to receive “credible threats of violence against the agency itself, staff members and their families.”

“We take these threats very seriously, and our first concern must be for the safety and welfare of our employees,” KDOL spokesperson Jerry Grasso said.

Grasso said that while the agency will continue to respond to media requests for information, it will no longer provide officials for on-camera interviews.