New Identity Verification Now Required For Unemployment Payments

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Workforce Development is now using what’s called the identity verification system for unemployment claims after a test run of the system. IWD executive director Beth Townsend says it’s a modern system that makes sure unemployment benefits aren’t stolen.

She says all you have to do is present your information to be checked.

Townsend says anytime you are dealing with paying a benefit there are going to be people who try to take advantage of it, and this bolsters their efforts to prevent that fraud.

She says they had good results in their pilot run.

IWD says since January has also already helped them identify and halt more than 12 hundred fraudulent attempts to obtain benefits. The is now required of anyone who files an unemployment claim. …..

Townsend says is a good tool to prevent fraud.



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