CHICAGO (CBS) — Weekly unemployment numbers come out later this morning, simply in time for one more CBS 2 story in regards to the Illinois Division of Employment Safety.
We’re Working for Chicago, with reporting that received’t cease till we discover solutions about unemployment fraud that viewers proceed to inform us about.
The Morning Insiders are discovering simply how rampant the scams are. CBS 2’s Lauren Victory shares the unbelievable variety of circumstances.
“One thing’s very unsuitable,” Cindy Pille stated.
She knew she couldn’t be the one one interested by the debit card she received from IDES, with unemployment advantages for her literal angel of mom. Shirley Pille died two years in the past.
“This isn’t one thing she’d respect,” Cindy stated.
After CBS 2 aired that unusual story of unusual mail, mom of three Priscilla Zawislak reached out to CBS 2 with an identical story.
“It wasn’t my identification, it was my late husband’s,” she stated.
Then we heard from Linda Wasik’s daughter, Grace.
“My dad acquired a letter that somebody utilized for unemployment in my deceased mom’s identify,” she stated.
A stack of cash by no means requested for.
Now, questions are piling up:
“I really feel like, financially, I had simply gotten the place I must be. Simply paid off a automobile mortgage, and I’m lastly feeling comfy once more, and now I’m scared,” Priscilla stated. “Is my identification going to be stolen? Is it simply my husband’s identification that they’re making an attempt to steal?”
“If they’ve entry to mine, did they get entry to my little one’s?” Grace stated.
“I attempted endlessly to seek out info on what do you do?” Priscilla stated.
Hurry up and wait, we guess.
Whereas IDES has promised it’s “aggressively cracking down on this fraud community” with a “devoted workforce of staffers,” CBS 2 found simply how overwhelmed these fraud fighters should be.
They’re assessing greater than 14,000 identification theft claims in 5 months; in comparison with 651 fraud studies throughout the identical time final yr. That’s a greater than 2,000% improve in workload.
However there’s extra. A lot extra: 107,000 extra identification theft claims that got here via underneath a brand new federal profit referred to as Pandemic Unemployment Help.
“They stated they might attain out another time, they usually by no means did,” Grace stated.
She missed a telephone name from investigators.
Priscilla stated she by no means received one, solely an e mail.
Regardless of very particular questions asking a few safety breach, cash misplaced, and extra, the division responded to us with blanket information releases.
These press releases stated IDES is working with native and federal authorities to research fraud. That features a latest partnership with the Illinois Division of Monetary and Skilled Regulation.
The concept there may be to detect improper payouts on the financial institution degree. Suppose: monitoring accounts for an uncommon quantity of deposits from state unemployment insurance coverage packages.