The Department of Labor is reporting it has paid out more than $11 billion in state and federal unemployment benefits since the middle of March.
That number of claims filed is down from just last week, the last week in July, because businesses were open and more people went back to work.
But, they’re reportedly many people still waiting to receive their first check.
Atlanta resident Sabrina Hogan took matters into her own hands and dialed the Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler, directly.
She got results and started receiving her unemployment benefits.
Now Hogan is on a mission to help other Georgians with their unemployment benefits and claims.
Hogan said she, like many other Georgians, was a frustrated unemployment claims applicant and explained how she became knowledgeable about the gig worker –also know as temporary workers — claims and what she could do to help them.
Hogan explained that in her advocacy, she also learned of fraud claims and how, in her words, “fraud is through the roof” with the Georgia Department of Labor’s office.
When asked if she felt people were knowingly committing fraud or if these are Georgians who are actually entitled to their claims, Hogan said fraud questions and concerns go to the top of her list.
And when asked what type of questions she receives and how many people has she helped since COVID-19, Hogan explained the types of inquiries she receives are, “in general people from every walk of life to situation to COVID-related issues to fraud inquires to money missing from my bank account.”
Hogan added she has helped “at least 500” Georgians.
She can be contacted via her website SabrinaHogan.com or twitter @sabrinahogan