EDISON - The state attorney general says 31 people have been charged with filing false unemployment claims totaling more than $2 million.

Authorities say the claims were masterminded by five members of the Dilligard family of Newark. Officials say those five and 26 others are charged with filing false unemployment claims by claiming jobs they never held, using stolen identities and using the names of people who were deceased.

The defendants face charges of theft and money laundering. About a dozen people had been arrested as of Thursday.