Unemployment Insurance Fraud


DCAS represents City agencies with respect to claims for Unemployment Insurance (UI) by former employees.  DCAS verifies UI claims made by former employees; provides the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) with information and documentation of the reasons that employees have separated from employment;  and monitors and protests UI benefits paid on the City’s account.

The onset of the pandemic has brought a surge in UI claims, and an unfortunate increase in fraudulent claims. The fraudulent claims include identity-related fraud — where the perpetrator applies for UI benefits using stolen or fake identification information.

  • If you or an agency employee receive a letter from NYSDOL about UI benefits for which you have not filed, you may be a victim of UI fraud.
  • Employees should report suspected UI fraud to:
  • The DCAS UI unit at ui@dcas.nyc.gov,
  • The New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) point of contact Deputy Inspector General David Jordan at djordan@doi.nyc.gov, and
  • The NYSDOL by completing a UI fraud form available on the NYSDOL website at on.ny.gov/uifraud.

We take UI fraud very seriously and advise the affected individual(s) to follow the FTC guidelines as it pertains to identity theft (https://www.identitytheft.gov/Information) along with swiftly reaching out to the credit bureaus to put a fraud alert in place. These actions will help to mitigate any potential damage as a result of the fraudulent activity.