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SHILOH, Ill. – A retired doctor in Shiloh contacted FOX 2 after he couldn’t get through to the state of Illinois to complain about a false unemployment claim. It turns out it’s a statewide problem that may involve as many as 214,000 fraudulent claims for unemployment payments.

Dr. John Schad first got a notice from state unemployment officials warning him of the fraud. Next thing he knew, it was affecting his own dental office. A false claim was made for his office manager even though she was never unemployed.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security sent a letter saying that she would get $484 per week. State officials said there has been an explosion of fraudulent cases since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

Schad said he’s tried to report his situation to the state but no one will call him back.