Muskogee citizens have reported to police numerous instances of someone using their identities to file unemployment claims with the state.
“It’s happening statewide,” Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge said. “The attorney general’s office is handling it.”
Attorney General Mike Hunter announced his office has developed a new resource to help process unemployment fraud claims.
Individuals or businesses that receive bogus claims are asked to fill out a new form on the attorney general’s website, where the claim will then be directed to the proper law enforcement agency.
Hunter said during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, there has been an increased number of fraudulent filings to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
“After conferring with federal, state and local law enforcement authorities, our office has determined we are well positioned to help victims of unemployment fraud and the OESC, which has seen an inordinate amount of complaints,” he said. “Right now, thousands of Oklahomans have a legitimate need for the financial assistance offered by OESC. The hardworking citizens of Oklahoma deserve access to these funds, not con artists around the world who are using this public health crisis as an opportunity to exploit our residents and businesses.”
Criminals who commit unemployment fraud use the names, addresses and other information to fraudulently file for unemployment benefits intended for Oklahomans. The individual or business being defrauded is notified by mail their name has been used to collect unemployment benefits.
Oklahomans can stop false claims made in their names by contacting the OESC at (405) 962-4602 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on false claims and other resources related to unemployment for individuals and business owners, visit https://oesc.ok.gov/.
Individuals are also encouraged to fill out the new form and submit it to the attorney general’s office so the claim can be investigated by law enforcement. Or use email@example.com.
Access the form, here: https://bit.ly/35lium2.