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Fraudulent Unemployment Claims


Fraudulent Unemployment Claims


            Beginning in June, the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office has received multiple complaints from individuals receiving notice from either the Department of Workforce Services, the Department of Finance, or their employers, in which their personal information was used to file fraudulent unemployment claims.  This type of activity has not only affected many citizens of our county, but the state as a whole.       

            In order for our office to complete a detailed report, we are asking that you have the following information ready to provide for the victim of the fraud: exact personal information used and whether it was accurate and current; and any paperwork either mailed to you from the previously mentioned state agencies, or from your employer.   

            All fraudulent unemployment complaints are being investigated by the Department of Workforce Services.  Reports being completed by the Sheriff's Office are being provided to the victims, and should be turned in by the victims to the nearest Department of Workforce Services office to aid in their investigation. 

            Should you be a victim of a fraudulent unemployment claim and receive an actual Debit card, please do not attempt to activate the card and use it, but turn it over to the Department of Workforce Services. 

            If you wish to forego filing a report with the Sheriff's Office, the below reporting information is provided by the Department of Workforce Services web site:

  • Send an email to
  • Call 501-682-1058 to speak with the ADWS Fraud Investigation Unit. If the line is busy, leave a message
  • Visit the ADWS website,, and fill out the secure fraud reporting form.


-Sheriff Chris Brown

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