Thursday, February 7, 2013


According to the web site of the Department of Labor:

"Unemployment Insurance Benefits Fraud

When someone collects unemployment insurance (UI) benefits by lying to the Department of Labor, he or she is committing fraud. We take UI benefits fraud very seriously. It is a crime that affects businesses and workers. It drives up UI taxes on law-abiding businesses, and it frustrates honest workers. We need every dollar to help those who honestly need these benefits.

Some examples of UI benefits fraud include:
  • Providing false information or failing to disclose information on your application for benefits, including lying about how you lost your job
  • Working while collecting unemployment benefits and inaccurately reporting your days and earnings
  • Working any amount of time in a week while collecting benefits and telling us you did not work
  • Earning more than $405 from employers in one week where benefits are collected and not correctly reporting true total earnings for that week
  • Failing to be ready, willing and able to work (e.g., out of the area, on vacation, sick, suffering total disability) while collecting UI benefits
  • Working "off the books" while collecting benefits
  • Using another person's identity (e.g., name, social security number) to file fraudulent claims
  • Helping another person file a false unemployment insurance claim
  • Collaborating with an employer to illegally claim unemployment insurance benefits
Any person who commits fraud will have to pay us back the money. He or she will be penalized, and may be arrested and prosecuted."

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