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Kentucky creates task force to combat unemployment insurance fraud

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(WSIL) -- Monday Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order creating the Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Fraud Detection and Prevention Task Force, which will coordinate between state and federal entities to detect, investigate, prosecute and prevent unemployment insurance fraud in 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.”

To date more than $63 billion in fraudulent benefits has been paid nationwide.

Task force members appointed by the Governor include:

  • The commissioner of the Kentucky State Police;
  • The executive director of the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security;
  • The secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet;
  • The state’s chief information officer; and
  • The executive director of the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance.

The Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI) has added a new welcome screen to the claimant website with a more secure login. OUI has also updated the fraud form to report identity theft on the site, entered into a new partnership with ID.me, implemented reCaptcha and adopted new measures for out-of-state Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, putting a hold on those claims until identification can be verified.

Most recently, OUI announced Friday that it was stopping all claimants from making changes to the bank account information on file with the agency.

The move comes after OUI was made aware of claimants reporting unauthorized changes to their bank accounts in recent days.

The agency will soon require new and existing claimants to create more complex PIN numbers. In addition, all new UI claimants will only be paid by paper check effective immediately.

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