Megan Davis found out someone filed for unemployment using her name in New York State in the fall before losing her job in December.
OLEAN, N.Y. — 2 On Your Side is still hearing from people who are having problems getting their unemployment benefits. On Thursday, we talked with Megan Davis from Olean who lost her job in December.
Before losing her job, Davis found out someone had committed unemployment fraud using her name.
“At my previous employer, I had seen an unemployment benefit claim come in the mail, and I alerted authorities immediately,” Davis said.
Davis still has not been able to collect her unemployment benefits.
“And now, eight weeks out from losing my job, I have not had any success navigating the unemployment claims line because of the fraud,” Davis said.
So when she filed for unemployment and wasn’t getting her benefits, Davis contacted her New York State Senator for help who got her in touch with the New York State Department of Labor.
“They were able to have the Labor Department call me which was amazing, but only to find out that I had been frauded in New Jersey as well,” Davis said. “So, it was suggested to me that in order for me to file a New York State unemployment benefits claim that I had to close out New Jersey first.”
Which has proved to be a challenge, especially since the New Jersey claim was made using her former name.
“So, there’s two different claims in two different states under different names, but it’s just me, and now I’m trying to prove my identity to the state. I’ve sent them the required documents,” Davis explained.
Davis says she has never lived or worked in the State of New Jersey.
2 On Your Side reached out to the New Jersey Department of Labor to get answers for Davis on Wednesday, and while they got our request for information, we did not get a response by our deadline on Thursday.
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