Oak Forest Man OK'd for Unemployment He Never Claimed

Oak Forest police are investigating why a city businessman received a letter from the state, stating he was approved for $413 a week in unemployment benefits. The catch: He didn't apply for the benefits.

Credit: File Photo
Credit: File Photo
An Oak Forest businessman told police Jan. 9, that he received a letter that said he was approved to receive more than $400 in unemployment benefits from the state but that he hadn't applied for the payout.

The 58-year-old who owns a CPA business in Oak Forest received a letter from the Illinois Department of Employment Security that indicated he was approved to get $413 a week in unemployment benefits thanks to a claim filed Dec. 29, according to an Oak Forest police report.

The man, however, had made no such claim, the report stated.

The letter also acknowledged an address change to another residence on the same street the man lives on, the report stated. The Oak Forest man believes someone at that address might have put in the fraudulent claim, the report stated.

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