An unemployment claims fraud scam that has hit all over the country since the pandemic began has reached at least three Niskayuna town employees as well, according to a release.
A Town Board member, the town attorney and the secretary to the supervisor were all victims of the scam, which files unemployment benefits in the person’s name. The town Comptroller’s Office is now sending out an email to employees asking if they have received any suspicious mail.
“By now we all know fraud is not a victimless crime,” Town Board member Denise Murphy McGraw, who is overseeing the effort to prevent the scam from spreading further, said in a press release. “As anyone who owns a business knows, unemployment claims impact the amount an employer must pay for their unemployment insurance. More claims mean a higher rate paid — in this instance, at taxpayer expense. That is why I have asked our Town Comptroller Ismat Alam to work with our director of information technology, the police chief, and the state police if necessary, to devise a plan to tackle this matter head on.”
The town of Niskayuna has 159 full-time and part-time employees.