Fraud: Identity thieves should be caught, prosecuted

State officials have had to deal with an avalanche of West Virginians seeking unemployment compensation during the past several weeks, because of business restrictions linked to the COVID-19 epidemic. Our already sluggish economy is being thrown for a loop (again), and it appears a number of low-lifes attempted to capitalize on the confusion.

Some, but not all, of the predators are from other states.

WorkForce West Virginia officials explain that, “People are stealing other folks’ identities and filing (fraudulent) claims.” Several hundred such situations appear to exist. Some originate from computers in other states or even outside the United States.

State and federal law enforcement agencies are working to identify and, we assume, arrest the culprits. If you know of someone committing unemployment compensation fraud, report it by calling 1-800-379-1032 (option six).

WorkForce West Virginia officials have enough of a job in “normal” times sorting out the legitimate claims from those just seeking to make an easy dime off the system. But at least then it is a little easier to designate resources to stop the problem and bring the thieves to justice.

The pathetic folks attempting to steal money intended for jobless West Virginians ought to be arrested, prosecuted — and jailed.


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