Las Vegas Tribune
A judge in Washoe County, Nevada has taken the side of the victims of Elisa Cafferata and the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, AKA DETR, who have been fighting the corruption within her jurisdiction. “These people need to be paid,” Judge Breslow told State officials representing Cafferata and the DETR.
The State contended the jobless benefits office was battling rampant fraud and needed to determine the legitimacy of each claim before paying it out.
Several payments have been made to fraudulent accounts after the account numbers had been changed and the state employees or the call center employees refused to investigate.
Many Cubans are now working in the call center and others are working for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation and many Cubans have been paid undeserved money.
One Cuban man who has been in the country for a very short time and has never worked one single day since arriving in the land of freedom was paid $20,000.00 and when asked how it happened he said, “I apply and they send me the money, so it is my money.”
Coincidence? Cubans working inside, Cubans collecting undeserved restitution on the outside? Too much of a coincidence!
Even more of a coincidence and alarming is the fact that those employed by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation refuse to cooperate with the victims of the possible internal fraud by denying them any information that could show any clarity as to what, when or whose bank account the money was deposited in.
In fact several employees of either the call center or DETR, like Liliana, Maria, and others, hang up the phones when asked questions they do not want to answer, knowing very well that these people have been waiting for hours (many times ten or twelve hours) listening to punishing music which can drive anyone crazy.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Nevada have been waiting for their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance checks in vain since the month of March, as was written about by Las Vegas Tribune’s Perly Viasmensky.
“Call after call that these people make to the Department of Employment, Rehabilitation and Training, forces them to wait as long as 10 hours or more on the phone listening to brain-damaging music while waiting for some call center operator (hired by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and his many directors) to answer,” wrote Viasmensky.
“We are wondering where the United States Attorney and his several investigators have been in the last eight and one-half months while the State of Nevada’s Department of Employment, Rehabilitation and Training has been committing fraud without any consequences whatsoever” were part of that same editorial by Perly Viasmensky.
It is the duty of the United States Attorney, Nicholas A. Trutanich, to set a fraud unit to investigate everyone from the Department of Employment, Rehabilitation and Training office to see who is distributing money from legal unemployed citizens’ accounts to other and fraudulent accounts.
Just one case alone that the Las Vegas Tribune was authorized to use and publish shows the obvious fraud committed by someone with the opportunity and the knowledge to steal the funds from one victim’s account to show up in a criminal account. (See fraudulent payments below)
These employees by the State of Nevada’s Department of Employment, Rehabilitation and Training could very well help these fellow workers with the Fraud Unit and give them the information they need to speed up the transaction so the legit owners of the payments could get their money and avoid the embarrassment and hardship of being evicted from
their home, can have their power turned back on and get back to an almost regular way of living.
According to reports from The Associated Press and the Review-Journal, Washoe County District Court Judge Barry Breslow’s July 22 order said, “The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation could not stop paying pandemic claims, with exceptions for failing to meet certain eligibility benchmarks and suspected fraud, unless a worker
received a hearing or was provided some means to protest.”
As of Nov. 21, nearly 650,000 claims were filed and 74,000 Nevadans continued to receive pandemic payments since the program rolled out in May, the Review-Journal reported.
The citizens of Washoe County are very lucky to have a judge of great integrity like Judge Barry Breslow, but those in Clark County are not as lucky as to have a judge who is not afraid to defend and protect the rights of the citizens of this county and fight for the victims of government abuse, which means abuse from the Governor of Nevada and the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, and the Governor’s appointee, Director Elisa Cafferata.