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Task Force to Investigate Unemployment Fraud
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - Monday afternoon, Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order creating an unemployment fraud task force.

The governor signed an executive order creating the Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Fraud Detection and Prevention Task Force. The task force will coordinate between state and federal entities to detect, investigate, prosecute, and prevent unemployment insurance fraud across Kentucky.

"Like many other states across the country, Kentucky has seen a surge in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims," Gov. Beshear said. "This task force will bring together the needed resources to combat this scourge."

Throughout the pandemic, the country has seen a surge in fraudulent claims for unemployment insurance. To date, more than $63 billion in fraudulent benefits have been paid nationwide. Beshear said the fraud was complex and required a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional response.

The task force will include the Kentucky State Police commissioner, the executive director of the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet secretary, the state's chief information officer, and the executive director of the Kentucky Office of Unemployment insurance.

To address the high volume of fraud in Kentucky, the Office of Unemployment Insurance has added a new welcome screen to the claimant website with a more secure login. They have also updated the fraud form to report identity theft on the site, entered into a partnership with ID.me, implemented reCaptcha, and adopted new measures for out-of-state Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.

More recently, the OUI has stopped all claimants from making changes to the bank account information on file with the agency.

Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new website to educate the public on unemployment identity theft.

Published 01:33 PM, Monday Apr. 05, 2021
Updated 08:04 AM, Tuesday Apr. 06, 2021

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