~ Charles came to us with a need to represent him on a CUIAB Hearing.
~ Charles said he was a general maintenance contractor for an apartment complex, and for side income, he would recycle scrap metal.
~ Charles’ work was completely impacted by COVID-19. During the government shut-downs, his contractee told him to go home. In addition, Charles’ contractee was diagnosed with COVID-19, which further complicated things.
~ On the hearing, the judge did not necessarily believe Charles and asked him to submit receipts of work from his contractee at the apartment complex.
~ Charles knew he had been receiving receipts, so he committed that he would provide those receipts to the judge.
~ After the hearing, Charles went to retrieve those receipts, which were stored at his ex’s house.
~ At first, Charles’ ex requested backpay rent in order for her to submit the receipts to him. Later, Charles’ ex admitted that she had thrown them away upon their breakup.
~ Charles took longer than two weeks to get the receipts, so the judge decided against Charles’ favor.
~ The Relief Consultants then worked with Charles to gather evidence, which would prove his self-employment.
~ The Relief Consultants conducted interviews and gathered statements from Charles’ former co-workers and boss who was diagnosed with COVID.
~ In all, the Relief Consultants gathered (1) A statement from Charles detailing why he could not get the receipts. (2) A statement from Charles’ former co-worker confirming Charles’ self-employment at the apartment complex. (3) A text message conversation with Charles’ former boss confirming COVID as the reason for Charles’ termination. (4) Hospital records that prove Charles’ former boss’ COVID diagnosis and resulting hospitalization.
~ The Relief Consultants submitted a CUIAB Board Appeal with this information on Charles’ behalf, and about one month later, received a notice from the CUIAB that they had reversed the decision in Charles’ favor.
~ Upon becoming approved, we realized that Charles’ claim had been flagged as potentially fraudulent.
~ Charles then informed us that his financial situation was in dire straits, so the Relief Consultants decided to provide Charles with a no interest short term loan until the EDD could verify his identity.
~ We assisted Charles in assembling his documents and then submitted them on his behalf.
~ We worked with the EDD to ensure he had the correct documents, and then requested a supervisor expedite his case on Charles’ behalf.
On February, 16th 2021, Charles received his benefit card with $17,000.