weather icon Clear

City staff target of unemployment fraud

Fraudulent unemployment claims were recently filed against some city employees, but they were not caused by a breach of the city’s or the state’s computer systems, according to officials.

During the past few months there have been reports of unemployment fraud throughout the state, including in Boulder City, and the Nevada Department of Unemployment, Training and Rehabilitation has said it is monitoring the situation and putting precautions in place.

City Communications Manager Lisa LaPlante said approximately 75 current and former employees “were alerted that someone had filed a fraudulent claim on their behalf.”

“We investigated and found no data breach in our systems whatsoever,” she said. “The city performed a thorough review of all external and internal systems and found that there were no exposures or data leaks of any sort. The city also engaged an outside cyber-security entity to perform independent tests, who also found that the Boulder City network was not breached.”

The fraudulent claims also did not come from a breach of the state’s unemployment system, according to the media relations office.

“At this time, DETR is not aware of any breach to its systems,” said Rosa Mendez, public information officer. “We continue to work with our partners in monitoring and ensuring our sites remain secure.”

She said the office is asking people who think they have been a victim of a fraudulent claim to file a report through the DETR website. To file, go to www.detr.nv.gov and select the fraud reporting form.

For the current city employees affected by fraudulent claims, LaPlante said they were offered a one-year subscription to credit monitoring.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Mays, Walker named acting city manager, attorney

City Council appointed its acting city attorney and acting city manager at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Executive search firm to be hired

The city will be hiring an executive firm for a nationwide search to find a new city attorney and city manager in order to be more transparent with the selection process.

Early voters flock to polls

Tens of thousands of people in Clark County have already participated in early voting with more than 3,000 casting their votes in Boulder City.

Council fires city’s manager, attorney

City Council fired two leaders and has yet to appoint their replacements, leaving the city without its attorney or manager.

Municipal pool to be analyzed

Updating the Boulder City pool is back on the table after City Council unanimously approved hiring a consultant to analyze the facility to see if it can be repaired and brought up to code.

Pence asks for four more years

Vice President Mike Pence touched on all of President Donald Trump’s familiar re-election points during a campaign rally Thursday in Boulder City, with promises to uphold law and order and further expand the country’s economy garnering significant time.

Pence brings campaign to BC

Boulder City recently had a place in the 2020 national presidential campaign as Vice President Mike Pence stopped by for a visit Oct. 8.

Center dishes up more than lunch

The sound of laughter is once again echoing through the Senior Center of Boulder City as locals have returned for their weekday lunches.

New regulations allow larger social, religious gatherings

Life in Boulder City has taken another step toward returning to normal as larger gatherings are permitted and some local events can be held.