TRENTON - State labor officials have taken another step to combat the theft of unemployment benefits. They're going to make online applicants take a quiz about themselves to prove their identity.
Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths said Tuesday an "identity proofing" system recently went online that requires applicants to answer multiple-choice questions about themselves correctly before payments are approved. The system is meant to foil identity thieves.
The measure is the latest by the state to stop claims from people who aren't entitled to unemployment benefits. Officials say antifraud efforts have saved New Jersey $153 million over 18 months.