The Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance announce today that it has decided to stop all claimants from making changes to bank account information on file with the agency, to protect unemployment claimants from fraud.
The decision was made after OUI was made aware of claimants reporting unauthorized changes to their bank accounts in recent days. OUI is verifying these reports and will notify anyone who have been affected as appropriate. Due to confidentiality laws, OUI will not be commenting on details of how any individual claimant may be affected.
The agency believes these instances are isolated, rather systemic, instances of fraud, and is the next wave of fraudulent activity hitting UI systems throughout the country. There has not been any security breaches or IT nfrastructure related to these reports.