By Perly Viasmensky
It is totally unbelievable the number of people now coming forward with complaints against the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, claiming they have already filed complaints of fraud with the U.S. Attorney for the State of Nevada, the FBI, the Secret Service, the Department of Labor and even the Department of Justice, and none of the complaints have been acknowledged by any of the federal agencies.
Some of the people that came forward with their complaints state that after nine months of suffering lack of funds to pay their mortgages, rent, electric, gas, water and sewer bills, business licenses, and most of all put food on the table, they finally received some funds to pay those long-due bills.
Now, the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation is sending Nevada citizens correspondence demanding the return of those funds, with a threat of felony charges if the money is not returned to the state of Nevada.
Here is where the federal government should come into action and investigate all frauds committed from the inside of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
Now, the Director, Elisa Cafferata, and Barbara Buckley, the long-time head of the Clark County Legal Services, are demanding that Nevada citizens return funds paid to them in order to offset the deficit of funds they so negligently and fraudulently sent to citizens of the “Republic of California.”
Now, they want citizens of Nevada to return funds legally paid to them after nine months of suffering without being able to put food on the table for their families.
Before they ask citizens of Nevada to return funds legally paid to them, the Department needs to recoup the funds they fraudulently sent to those 27 people in an apartment building in the “Republic of California.”
Everybody needs a supervising head, including the Director of a Department; common sense requires an investigation. Twenty-seven checks totaling $300,000 raised an alarm. Director Cafferata cannot pretend to collect from citizens of Nevada and she is well aware that funds were sent to California.
Now, there are others receiving letters from the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation stating: “You were laid off due to lack of work after business closure caused by COVID 19. You will need to provide a letter showing you were laid off from your employer. The letter must be on company letterhead and include the last day you worked and a phone number to contact them with any questions.”
If I am not mistaken, Governor Steve Sisolak did not send us a letter in the middle of March 2020, with the letterhead of the State of Nevada, demanding and forcing us to close our small business, without considering our necessities.
Common sense — yes, common sense — is proper; the company letterhead shows the name of the company, the address, and OF COURSE the telephone number.
In order to collect from Nevada residents, first, the elite Director of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, Elisa Cafferata, and the rest of her staff need to collect from the California people she so negligently and fraudulently paid and the many others she fraudulently paid while incarcerated in the Nevada and California Correctional Centers.
It is time for the federal government to take action on the investigation; and most of all, it’s time for Governor Sisolak to name a new director to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at email@example.com
By Perly Viasmensky