Be aware of unemployment fraud

Dear Friends,

I wanted to alert you to recent fraudulent activity linked to the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

What to do if you’ve received an erroneous unemployment compensation CHECK payment:

To aid Treasury Department’s investigations operations and prevent fraudulent expenditures of Commonwealth funds, the person who received the erroneous check should write “void” on the front of the Commonwealth check and email a photo of the complete front and back of the check to officeofinvestigations@patreasury.gov. In the email, the recipient should include their name, phone number and email address. The recipient should separately mail the check to the Treasury address listed below or, if they are unable to do that, destroy the check.

Pennsylvania Treasury Department
Comptroller’s Office
Room 113, Finance Building
Harrisburg, PA  17120
Attn: Mark Accorsi

If the individual is unable to email a photo of the Commonwealth check, the individual who erroneously received a check payment should write “void” on the front of the check, and send an email listing the payee name and address from the check, check number, payment amount and date shown on the check. The recipient should separately mail the check to the address above, including the check recipient’s name, phone number and email address (if available). If they are unable to mail the check back, the recipient should destroy it.

What to do if you’ve received an erroneous unemployment compensation DIRECT DEPOSIT payment:

We advise all individuals who have received an erroneous unemployment compensation direct deposit payment to please contact their financial institution to request a “Refuse Credit of Deposit” and provide the financial institution with the issue date of the payment.

Individuals who are unable to complete a “Refuse Credit of Deposit” request should write a personal check, cashier’s check, certified check, or money order payable to the “PA UC Fund” in an amount equal to the direct deposit payment and mail the check to the address below:

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
651 Boas Street, Room 500
Harrisburg, PA  17121

Individuals who have received an erroneous direct deposit should include along with their repayment a brief statement as to why they are sending the check or money order as well as their name, address, last four digits of their Social Security Number, phone number and email address (if available).

Warnings issued from AG Shapiro, U.S. Attorney McSwain

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and U.S. Attorney McSwain issued a warning to Pennsylvanians today to be alert to fraudsters using stolen identities to try to obtain Coronavirus Stimulus Funds.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) has reported that individuals are filing claims with stolen identities for Pennsylvania Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The PUA Program is administered by the DLI as part of the Federal Stimulus and is intended to benefit workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney General Shapiro and U.S. Attorney McSwain announced that federal and state law enforcement will aggressively pursue and prosecute anyone perpetrating this type of fraud.

Read the full release from AG Shapiro here.

Finally, a reminder that if criminals are able to obtain enough information to make unemployment claims, they likely have enough information to do much more. So, please, if you suspect you’ve been a victim of fraud, freeze your credit and regularly check your accounts for irregularities.

If you have any questions about unemployment- or fraud-related issues, or any state-related manner, don’t hesitate to reach out by phone at (215) 572-5210 or by email at RepMcCarter@pahouse.net.

Stay safe and well.

Sincerely,
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Steve McCarter
Pennsylvania State Representative

Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough