Sheriff, department of labor working to restore victims' IDs

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

MOUND CITY – The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is announcing a partnership with the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) that will assist victims of identity fraud. During Covid-19, numerous Kansans were victims of fraud by people who used victim identification and falsely claimed unemployment benefits.

The program, which has been in effect for a couple of months, enables the sheriff office to work with KDOL to restore victim’s identification with KDOL, said Sheriff Kevin Friend. Much of the statewide publicity hasn't found its way to those who need it, he added.

Any Linn County resident who was informed by KDOL that their identity was used to file for unemployment benefits – and the resident is trying to apply for legitimate unemployment benefits – is eligible.

Victims of identity fraud involving the Kansas Department of Labor can come to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office located in Mound City at 107 S. 4th St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You will need to bring a form of identification. A description of forms of identification can be found in the Identity Verification – Law Enforcement Office form by clicking here.

Once the victim has brought their identification to the sheriff’s office, they will be asked to fill out a form. The sheriff’s office will then verify their identification and then send the form to the KDOL.

The process will allow the victim to have their identity reinstated in the KDOL system. The victim will be eligible for any KDOL benefits the victim may have now or will apply for in the future.

Friend said his staff is excited about being able to assist victims during this time of need and is happy to assist the KDOL in achieving their goals of providing service to Kansans applying for unemployment benefits.

If you believe you are a victim of fraud concerning the Kansas Department of Labor, please visit this site for reporting measures:

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