Florida job recruiter receives second ‘batch’ of phantom jobless claims


SOUTH DAYTONA, FL. – When We Hire LLC contacted WKMG-TV in 2021, the South Daytona company was sorting through more than 20 unemployment claims filed by people who had never worked for the company.

The Department of Economic Opportunity contacted the placement company to confirm or deny the benefit claims.

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Each request was rejected.

Co-owner Michelle Brown told News 6 the business had three employees: her husband William, a receptionist and herself.

We Hire LLC is the name used for their franchise, Express Employment Professionals.

There are 800 of these franchises operating in the United States and the employees are paid by the headquarters in Oklahoma. Unemployment insurance is also paid by head office.

Beginning July 1, Brown said DEO notices of unemployment claims began appearing online and in the mail with a noticeable delay.

“I get reviews 10 days after they’re posted and only have 20 days to respond,” Brown said. “I can’t defend myself. I go into battle unarmed.

Brown said the disadvantage is based on the DEO rejection form.

Current protocol requires the full social security number of each claimant the company challenges.

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Brown told News 6 this creates a Catch-22 because without this information she was unable to proceed.

“If I don’t know who they are, how do I get their social security number? ” she asked. “As a company, I am limited in my ability to react. The DEO is not making it easy.

Make Ends Join reached out to the DEO to present Brown’s dilemma.

A member of the re-employment team contacted Brown directly and helped her adjust the online response to get the benefit rejections on file.

Yet the mystery remains as to why these men and women are filing claims with a company they have never worked for.

Brown told News 6 that a candidate said We Hire LLC was the only option when she tried to file for unemployment with Express Employment Professionals.

News 6 contacted the woman and she confirmed that this is how the online application was set up.

DEO press secretary Leigh McGowan told News 6 that the re-employment team is “working with Ms Brown to help her through the fraud reporting process, and we will make sure she doesn’t not be accused of fraudulent or misclassified claims”.

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It is important to note that it is not necessary to have a full social security number for an applicant to report fraud. If an employer believes that an applicant has not worked for them and does not have a full Social Security number, then they should go to the Reemployment Help Center to report fraud.

If you have an unemployment issue, email [email protected] or text the words “Make Ends Join” to 407-676-7428.

Don’t forget to include a screenshot of your DEO account, applicant number, and monetary status.

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