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OSBI launches Unemployment Fraud Task Force

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Published: May. 8, 2020 at 4:10 PM CDT
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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation launched a task force to help investigate fraudulent unemployment claims.

The Unemployment Fraud Task Force is made up of members from state and federal organizations, which will investigate fraudulent claims and identify the people responsible.

“We are hearing from citizens, businesses, municipalities and state agencies that fraudulent unemployment claims are rampant across the state,” said OSBI Director Ricky Adams. “Not only are Oklahomans having to deal with their identity being stolen, but those that are truly unemployed and have applied for benefits are having their claims slowed down by thousands of fraudulent claims clogging up the system.”

Any local law enforcement agency or sheriff's office who receives an unemployment fraud complaint is asked to email that information to fraud@oesc.state.ok.us. The OSBI says that information will be assigned to an intelligence analyst and agent for investigation.

Any individuals or businesses that receive fraudulent claims should fill out a new form at

The OSBI says the goal is to "identify the network of criminals behind false claims and ultimately refer cases for prosecution."

Attorney General Mike Hunter said since his office began helping direct complaints to law enforcement last week, they received around 2,500 complaints of unemployment fraud.

“It is unacceptable for con artists to use a crisis, like the current pandemic, as a way to take advantage of Oklahomans who continue to suffer,” Hunter said.

The task force is made up of members from the OSBI, Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, Oklahoma Information Fusion Center, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services, Secretary of Oklahoma's Digital Transformation and Administration, U.S. Department of Labor and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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