WorkForce West Virginia is warning recipients about fraud and identity theft.
The agency has mailed 1099-Gs to nearly 200,000 people who received unemployment benefits last year. This includes those who got state unemployment benefits, pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA), pandemic emergency unemployment compensation (PEUC), federal pandemic unemployment compensation (FPUC), extended benefits (EB) and lost wage assistance (LWA).
WorkForce has hired additional staff to help prevent fraud. There is a new federal requirement for pandemic unemployment assistance. You have to verify self-employment and identity of claimants. Even if a claim was previously approved, each person claiming will be asked to provide additional information.
If you received a 1099-G from WorkForce West Virginia but did not file an unemployment claim, you should report suspected fraud by filing a police report and emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call call 1-800-252-JOBS between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Callers should select option 5 when prompted.