NC unemployment office wrongfully approves claim on Raleigh business for worker living 150 mi. away

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — A Raleigh business owner is fed up with the North Carolina Division of Employment Security Commission (NCDES) after fighting for months to prove someone trying to get unemployment benefits, never worked for him.

“There’s absolutely no proof of this guy ever working here, and he’s not even on my payroll,” Jerry Sroka of J&L Landscaping, Inc. said.

The headaches started for Sroka when a man filed for unemployment benefits early in 2021.

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“He’s claiming that I laid him off, December 20 of last year,” Sroka said.

Sroka insists the man filing for unemployment never worked for his company, which has been in business for 24 years. Plus, if you look at the paperwork from the state, the man filing for benefits doesn’t even live in the area; he lives in New Port.

“Newport, North Carolina, 168 miles from my office to his front door, and they are still insisting,”…

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