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Frustrated employers can't get their employees to return to work because they earn more from unemployment benefits.

A Baltimore restaurant owner can't get her workers to return to work because they can collect up to $1030 a week on unemployment until the end of July.

Melony Wagner said Tuesday that she can't get her employee to return to work at Charles Village Pub, because they prefer to collect unemployment benefits which pays more.

Other states are experiencing employee retention problems because the state and feds pay more than they earn at work.

In Georgia, home improvement stores Home Depot and Lowes posted large "Help wanted" signs outside their Duluth locations after their employees quit to apply for unemployment.

According to a report by FOX 5 News, Maryland residents can claim a maximum of $430 a week from the state plus an additional $600 a week from the federal government under the CARES Act enacted in March 2020.

"It's a very difficult position to be put in right now, honestly," Wagner told FOX 5 News. "Although I know everybody loves the extra $600 a week, it's really had the opposite effect of what I think they were hoping it was going to have."

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A Georgia woman pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting disability payments while working at a DeKalb County strip club.

Valencia D. Williams, 31, worked nights stripping for money under the name "Chrissy the Doll," federal prosecutors say.

The Lithonia resident told the Social Security Administration she was bedridden due to severe anxiety and depression and she was unable to work.

Williams pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud after it was determined she collected over $60,000 in disability benefits that she was not entitled to, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Williams applied for benefits in July 2010, citing major depression and a panic disorder that prevented her from working or even leaving her home, prosecutors said.

After her benefits began rolling in, Williams applied for an adult entertainment permit in 2014 and took a job dancing at Strokers Adult Entertainment Club in Clarkston, Ga.

Authorities say she danced until 4 a.m., taking home thousands of dollars in tips per week. A search of county public records shows she obtained adult entertainment permits each year through 2018.

"The Social Security Administration's (Supplemental Security Income) program is intended for individuals whose income is below the federal poverty guidelines, who are truly disabled, and cannot engage in work activity," U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak said, according to the AJC.

"Williams was able to work and therefore she was not disabled. Moreover, the income she received by working would have likely rendered her ineligible for SSI. By getting SSI when she did not qualify, she stole money from the most needy members of our communities: the poor and the disabled."

Williams sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 26.

Barack Obama DOMA

President Obama praised today's Supreme Court's decision to strike down certain provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The court also overturned Prop 8 allowing gays to marry in California.

In its decision, the court cleared the way for states that allow gay marriage to pay federal benefits to married gay couples. But 36 states still ban gay marriage and those states will not be affected by today's supreme court ruling.

In a statement following the court's ruling, Obama said he would not force religious institutions to hold gay weddings.

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