DES to require identity verification for PUA claimants amid fraud

DES to require identity verification for PUA claimants amid fraud
Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation is available through The Arizona Department of Economic Security for eligible individuals. (Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - As millions of people have had to depend on government assistance during COVID-19, many have also been victims of unemployment fraud. Due to this, the Department of Economic Security will require identity verification for everyone receiving assistance come December.

Beginning Dec. 5, DES will increase fraud prevention measures by requiring claimants to verify their identities using ID.me, a web-based identity-proofing website affiliated with government and business sectors.

DES says this verification process will allow staff to quickly identify eligible claimants among the millions of fraudulent claims filed.

This identification service launched back in October. DES says more than 11,000 Arizonans have successfully verified their identities and over 4,700 instances of unemployment insurance fraud have been blocked since its launch.

If you are receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance through DES, you will have to make an account- you can begin the process by [clicking here].

DES says after a claimant successfully verifies identity through ID.me, they will be able to continue filing their weekly certification. For claimants who are unable to verify their identity through the service, they should contact DES right away.

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