Kokua Line: Hawaii’s Labor Department declines to say how much lost to unemployment imposter fraud


Question: Like others you have written about, I got a tax notice for unemployment benefits I never sought or received. I tried to call the DLIR to report the fraud as instructed, but I never got through and I can’t spend all day trying. Is there another way to report this?

Answer: Yes, you can mail in a fraud report, according to the webpage for the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ Unemployment Insurance division. Here are the instructions:

If you received a 1099-G form from Hawaii’s DLIR even though you never filed for or received unemployment benefits in 2020, you can fill out a Declaration of Identity Theft form at 808ne.ws/idtheftform, download and print the form and mail it to UI fraud investigators. In your mailer, include a copy of the 1099-G form and any other documentation showing that a fraudulent claim for unemployment benefits was filed in your name. Mail the envelope to: Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Unemployment Insurance Division, Attn: Special Activities, 830 Punchbowl St., Room 324, Honolulu, HI 96813

In case the direct link to the declaration form changes, you can also find it on the division’s home page at 808ne.ws/hidol.

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