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Investigating and prosecuting fraud is a high priority for the Division of Unemployment Insurance. Unfortunately, with the rise in unemployment insurance claims associated with COVID-19, we have also seen a rise in fraudulent claims and other instances of fraud. If you think an employer or unemployed worker is committing unemployment insurance fraud, please select the violating party below, then complete and submit a fraud report.
Never give out personally identifiable information over the phone. We will never contact you and ask for your social security number (SSN), bank account numbers, your PIN, account passwords, or any other personally identifiable information
If you received unemployment paperwork but did not file a claim, or otherwise believe you are a victim of identity theft related to unemployment benefits, please click here to submit a fraud report. Additionally, there are several recommended steps to follow:
If you received a U.S. Bank Reliacard for Colorado unemployment benefits but did not file a claim, contact U.S. Bank immediately at 1-855-279-1678. Tell them that a fraudulent unemployment claim was filed using your information, and ask them to deactivate the card.
Contact the three consumer credit bureaus and put a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number (SSN). It may be an automated system, so you may not talk to a live person and you will have to enter your SSN and date of birth.Credit Bureau Contact Info:
It is important to regularly review your credit reports from each of the three credit bureaus. Each will look different and may contain different information. If you discover any incorrect or fraudulent information on your credit report, you should dispute it with the credit bureau directly. Normally, you can receive one free copy of your credit report each year from each credit bureau. Due to increased fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic, each of the three credit bureaus is offering free weekly credit reports via annualcreditreport.com.
It is also recommended that you file a police report. You can file a "counter report" with your local police department. As a victim, you have the right to file this report. It doesn’t mean the police will investigate it, but there will at least be a record of it on file and you can get a copy of the report for your records.
You can also report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission at identitytheft.gov. The FTC’s website includes valuable resources about how to recover from identity theft and protect your identity.
Lastly, create a file where you can keep any records relating to this identity theft in one central place, in case you are notified of other fraud or breaches of your personal information.
An employer who knowingly makes a false statement, causes a false statement to be made as to the reason for a job separation, or makes a false offer of work that causes a delay in the proper payment of unemployment benefits to a claimant is committing an act of fraud. An employer who commits this type of fraud is charged with one and one-half times the amount of unemployment benefits that should have been paid to the claimant during the period of delay and with 100 percent of the amount of all other unemployment benefits made to the claimant thereafter during the claimant's benefit year. These penalties are in addition to any civil and criminal prosecution, including court costs and/or fines.
Criminal convictions in fraud cases often result in court-ordered restitution to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Most convicted individuals make regular payments through the registry offices of the district courts.
Unemployed Worker Fraud
A person is committing fraud if they knowingly make a false statement or withhold information to receive unemployment benefits payments.
Working while receiving benefit payments may result in a person being charged with theft, which includes a mandatory, monetary penalty of 65% of the total amount overpaid. In addition, a 4-week penalty can be assessed for each week in which the person fraudulently requested payment. Penalty weeks must be served on an active claim for which you are filing for benefits. While serving penalty weeks, benefits will not be paid and no money will be offset toward the overpaid amount. These penalties are in addition to any civil and criminal prosecution, including court costs and/or fines.
Total restitution ordered: $193,649.22
Total restitution ordered: $221,616.37
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Jason Brown (Denver County)
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Nicola Olson (Larimer County)
Shantell Carmona (Denver County)
Meadoe Croker (Mesa County)
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Ashley Knobbs (Denver County)
Jordan Davis (Denver County)
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