The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has been successfully combatting identity theft-based fraud in Florida’s Reemployment Assistance program since 2013. This program provides financial benefits and helps job seekers quickly get back to work after losing their jobs.
DEO has stopped tens of thousands of fraudulent claims filed by criminals using stolen identities. But criminals have become savvier, even using fake driver’s licenses.
Thanks to Rep. Mike LaRosa and Sen. Kelli Stargel this legislative session, DEO has access to the state’s driver’s license database and the tools needed to verify identities and prevent criminals from stealing critical public benefits.