October 5, 2022
VEC IDENTIFIES FRAUD AND TAKES STEPS TO ISOLATE IMPACT; 4,200 POTENTIALLY COMPROMISED CLAIMS
~ Active Investigation Underway ~
Richmond-- The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announced today the identification of approximately 4,200 unemployment insurance claims that may have been compromised. The agency has isolated this group to prevent further activity on these and any other claims, and is actively working with law enforcement officials.
“The team at the Virginia Employment Commission acted swiftly to identify the claimants impacted and prevent further illegal activity. We are committed to resolving this issue and are working with law enforcement to pursue those responsible for these actions,” said Carrie Roth, Commissioner of the VEC. “We have already been able to recoup some of the funds that have been identified and are working to return payments to customers.”
Because this is an ongoing investigation, the agency will have no further comment at this time.
About the Virginia Employment Commission
The Virginia Employment Commission, a state agency under the Secretary of Labor, is dedicated to promoting economic growth and stability by delivering and coordinating workforce services to include: policy development; job placement services; temporary income support; workforce information; and transition and training services. To accomplish this mission, the agency partners with stakeholders; develops and empowers staff; improves its processes; embraces innovative solutions and technologies; and continually renews the organization. Additional information can be found on VEC’s webpage at: https://www.vec.virginia.gov/unemployed