Recently, some TASB Risk Management Fund members reported receiving potentially fraudulent Unemployment Compensation (UC) claim notices from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) for individuals who are still employed and who have not filed any claims for unemployment benefits. These claims were filed by an unknown person or group in an attempt to fraudulently receive unemployment compensation payments directly from TWC.
If you receive an unemployment claim you believe to be fraudulent, contact Loretta Tackett at TWC, 512.936.3769.
TWC also recommends any employee or individual affected by a fraudulent claim take the following steps:
- Notify local law enforcement and file a report of identity theft,
- Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to file a complaint, and
- Monitor credit reports for other fraudulent activity
The Fund will continue to work closely with the TWC fraud investigation unit to halt these illicit activities impacting Fund members. In the meantime, we recommend you carefully review all new unemployment claims to ensure they are valid. TWC will not charge employers for fraudulent claims; however, providing quick notice of these claims will help the investigation.
If you suspect a claim is fraudulent, have any questions, or need additional information about this issue or any UC related question, please contact TASB Risk Management UC Attorney James Ezell, 800.482.7276 x 6258 or 512.505.2857.