As Arizona's Department of Economic Security tackles fraudulent claims, real residents' accounts are impacted.
When identity thieves flooded Arizona's unemployment system, it led to a lot of problems and money lost, but the state says it's made big strides in cracking down on criminals.
The $300 additional weekly jobless payments have come to an end in Arizona - and residents across the state are starting to feel the consequences.
If a new bill is not passed and federal funds do run out by Sept. 14, unemployed Arizonans will only receive the state benefit of $243 a week.
For thousands of Arizonans on the unemployment backlog, time is running out for them to get their finances figured out before the increased $300 payments end. One man's account was finally accepted days after an interview with FOX 10.
The $300 of extra money people were receiving for unemployment could be running out soon and thousands of Arizonans are struggling. FOX 10's Matt Galka is in Casa Grande where the situation is getting dire for one woman.
Department of Economic Security Director Michael Wisehart said Arizonans getting the extra pay on top of the regular $240 per week unemployment benefit for the past month will get that cash this week and possibly next - but it may not last any longer.
At least 5,000 more unemployment accounts in Arizona were flagged as fraudulent and have now been reinstated, allowing for benefits to post to accounts.
FOX 10's Steve Nielsen spoke with the director of the Arizona Dept. of Economic Security on their plans to tackle their massive backlog of unemployment claims.
Director of Arizona's Department of Economic Security (DES), Michael Wisehart, elaborates on fraud in the unemployment system and weekly payouts.
Arizona official Tom Betlach ran the agency from March 20 through June 3 - and was paid almost $95,000 to do it.
As Congress squabbled over increasing unemployment benefits, President Trump signed an executive order, increasing it by $400 -- but it's being met with skepticism and questions over how long it might take to disburse those funds. FOX 10's Steve Nielsen reports.
The Department of Economic Security is under scrutiny from the very people it serves, the unemployed, as payments haven't been sent to them or payments suddenly stopped.
FOX 10's Steve Nielsen speaks with a Valley family to see what the end of the weekly unemployment benefit could mean to the average Arizona family looking for a job.
By November, Arizona leaders say the unemployment fund will run out. Typically a fund of $700 million is considered to be healthy, but at this point, it's paying out $40 million a week.
Arizona's Department of Economic Security says fraudulent unemployment claims are up during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the department tries to work through the claims, some real accounts are being impacted.
DES officials and people unemployed are speaking out after recent troubles at the agency led to missed checks or unemployment accounts that were closed completely.
The Department of Economic Security confirmed multiple unemployment claimants had their accounts stripped of thousands of dollars.
When FOX 10 first reported on the scam, dozens of people were believed to have been victimized.
By law, Arizona's Department of Economic Security is required to undergo a complete audit every 10 years. It's been 15, the department says. Issues the department has have been highlighted while trying to fulfill unemployment requests during the coronavirus pandemic.