DETR employees committing the fraud, not the claimants

By Rolando Larraz
Las Vegas Tribune
Several people that have filed for unemployment have received accusations that they have committed fraud, that they have filed their claim outside the United States and that they are under investigation.
Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation employees are doing it to scare the claimants so they will stop calling and stop asking where their money is because they are holding the money — or they are the ones who are committing the fraud.
Some of those who consider themselves victims of fraud believe that if Governor Sisolak is hiding under the skirt of Elisa Cafferata and all the women at the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, they may start going to the US Attorney General asking him to intervene.
One woman accused of fraud told the Las Vegas Tribune that she has appealed these accusations and she is ready to come forward with proof of who she is, with five witnesses and an attorney, but DETR has not set a date for the appeal as yet.
Another claimant, a man who was told that his money was sent two weeks ago but it never got to his bank said that he spent eight to ten hours calling the agency back, but the office never answered the phones.
Ten individuals have been charged for offenses stemming from attempts to defraud unemployment systems in Arizona, California and Nevada.
Two Carson City, Nevada television stations, News 4 & Fox 11, reported “On a 104-degree day in Las Vegas, Kenneth Greenland and Brittany Griesel were cruising down Sahara Boulevard in a rented Maserati when
law enforcement pulled them over and found nine unemployment insurance debit cards worth more than $200,000, federal prosecutors alleged in a lawsuit announced Thursday.”
The charges range from identity theft to mail fraud and the alleged defendants collectively took more than $1.2 million in unemployment benefits stored on more than 50 prepaid debit cards. They reflect the
unprecedented strain that the coronavirus pandemic has placed on unemployment insurance systems, which remain plagued by fraud attempts, technological glitches and delayed benefit payouts to those
in need, The Associated Press reported two weeks ago.
Some of the people that have visited the Las Vegas Tribune to complain about the inconsistency of the DETR are under the impression that the fraud could not have happened without help from the inside; “This is an inside job” says the man that is waiting for his direct deposit that has never arrived.
The fraud victims of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation explain that they do not want to give their names out because they still hope they may be able to get their money and are afraid of retaliation from the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation employees.
One woman owes Nevada Power almost three thousand dollars and is afraid that her power will be terminated soon. “I need my money to pay my bills, not to go shopping” the woman said. She left a copy of the
bill as proof of who she is and that she is telling the truth; the bill has her name and her home address and is dated October 3 of this year.
Another claimant told the Las Vegas Tribune that the building where the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation is supposed to be located is empty; “No one is there,” she said.
Another woman told the Las Vegas Tribune that she has been diagnosed with the coronavirus and couldn’t work. She called the unemployment office hoping to reinstall her claim, only to hear, “Bad luck — we
have no more money.” What really amazed me is that the majority of Las Vegas residents trying to contact the DETR need to spend between 8 to 12 hours on the phone for an operator to answer, but that woman was
able to communicate in a matter of seconds via telephone while many others spend hours on the phone without any hope of getting any consideration.
Another woman who has already filed her appeal was totally disgusted by the treatment they received from the so-called “government employees.” After spending five and a half hours on the phone, she was given a number to call because Employ NV has nothing to do with appeals. She called the appeal line and the woman answering the phone appeared to be in a bad mood, asking gruffly, “What do you want?”
When the woman responded, “I need information about the appeal process,” the woman on the other side of the line told her, “We have nothing to do with PUA appeals” and gave her the same number for the PUA line where people need to wait between 8 and 12 hours for someone to answer.
One would think that under the circumstances, knowing that people need answers, and even more, they need action to receive what is coming to them, it’s hard to believe that all those people are not only getting the run-around, but are being totally disrespected and ignored. Is that what those DETR employees are being paid for? Cannot someone — the governor would be one choice — find out what’s really going on and get things moving to get those checks out to those who have already legitimately applied and complied with all the requirements even more than once?
If this situation is not remedied immediately, we have no choice but to believe there is bigtime fraud going on at all levels and that they are the most inconsiderate people — to put it mildly — in the whole universe.

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