Businesses report unemployment fraud schemes

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Several businesses reached out to KFOR after receiving fraudulent unemployment claims. 

Companies are starting to contact News 4 about unemployment claims that are fraudulent. 

In some cases, the companies are receiving claims from people who never worked for the company.

In other cases, the scammers are using names of real employees who are actually working and being paid right now. 

The businesses are concerned for others because if companies are closed down right now and are not checking their mail, they may be missing these notices and if they go unreported, after 10 days, the person could receive that unemployment money. 

If an employer receives a claim from an individual that has never been employed with their business, the business has 10 business days to respond before the claim moves to the the next stage of the unemployment process. While the 10-day-rule is still in effect, due to the pandemic and the unprecedented amount of claims that are being filed, if an employer does not respond within 10 business days the process that would automatically charge this to a businesses’ unemployment rate is currently suspended and the business will not be charged.

David Ostrowe, Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration

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