L&I adding extra security measures to a federal program to prevent fraud

Written by on October 20, 2020

 L&I adding extra security measures to a federal program to prevent fraud

By Julia Agos, WITF

October 20, 2020

The state Department of Labor and Industry is implementing extra security measures to a federal program to prevent fraud.

WITF’s Julia Agos reports the move comes after a surge of suspicious claims last month.

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The department is teaming up with a security vender ID.me to help verify applicants’ identities for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program.

Candidates can upload an accepted form of ID or answer a series of personal questions to complete the check.

Secretary Jerry Oleksiak says the new system will allow payments to go out more quickly.

The changes were made after a number of claims were filed by people using stolen identities.

The program has been made available to people who are self-employed or gig workers who are not eligible for regular unemployment compensation. 

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