A local man was ordered to pay more than $ 15,000 to the UIA after he said someone had used his name and social security number to receive benefits.
For almost a year, Antonio Halbert has said he has been fighting to get his life back on track.
“$ 17,440 to the unemployment agency,” Halbert said.
Halbert claims that a fraudster used his name and social security number to receive benefits. He said his UIA benefits were even cut last May after Halbert said he was collecting for just a few months after the start of the pandemic.
“It makes me feel like I’m not important enough,” said Halbert.
Halbert said he verified his identity and sent all documents to clear his name. He hopes to receive certain benefits that he says he has to.
“In November they said they were going to fix the problem. They were going to give me my back pay and stuff and I didn’t get it. They kept saying that someone had cheated on me. name and I knew someone had done it because I didn’t get the money, ”Halbert said.
Even as of today, Halbert said he called and the UIA said they would waive the restitution fee from his account. Yet he said it was still there.
“It’s a 50-50 chance. It will happen until I see it, I won’t believe it,” said Halbert.
TV5 contacted the UIA but they did not return our calls about this story. They have said in the past that if you are the victim of fraud, protest online right away by filling out the Identity Theft Report (Form 6349).
Halbert said he had tried everything to correct this.
“I’m serious about getting my life back on track without having to pay $ 17,440 for some that I haven’t received,” said Halbert.