INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indiana Department of Workforce Development uses company ID.ME to verify identification before anyone can file a claim for unemployment.
Terrence Reilly lost his job a few weeks ago. For the first time in adulthood, he was forced to apply for unemployment benefits.
Reilly says he’s not a guy who sits on the porch and prefers to mow the lawn or work in the yard. “I’m just looking for a temporary solution until I’m back with the workforce. I’m not someone who likes to sit around and do nothing, ”said Reilly.
When applying to Workforce Development, he came across a catch. The man in the central Indiana countryside discovered someone was already using his social security number when he tried to verify his identification with the state.
“Someone filled in the unemployment under my name and social security number and they signed it. The account registration number is from Canada, ”said Reilly.
Reilly lives in a country where the internet service isn’t the best. To access the Workforce Development Unemployment website, he had to travel to the Rushville Employment Agency.
But he quickly learned, “I can’t access it at all. I am completely locked out. “
When he tried to verify his identity, Reilly found that his name and social security number were flagged as a possible fraudulent account. That was three weeks ago and he says it was a headache getting an answer on how to fix the problem.
“I’m supposed to wait for the fraud administrator or the fraud department to contact me. I am not sure what their names are. My attempts to contact her were completely blocked. I can’t reach anyone, ”said Reilly.
News 8 contacted the people development executives who said they are working to solve Reilly’s problems.
Reilly says he signed up for a credit monitoring program to keep an eye on his Social Security number. However, this does little to fix his current problem. With his social security number and name compromised and being investigated for fraud, he will not be able to apply for food aid or other government assistance from the state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program until the matter is resolved by Workforce Development.
“I understand that there are a lot of things that I don’t have access to because they’re linked to unemployment and unemployment benefits,” said Reilly.
Reilly says he can go a while without unemployment benefits, but he doesn’t know how long.