Unemployment insurance fraud is taken very seriously and punishable by law. Those who commit fraud may have misdemeanor and felony charges brought against them and often end up facing large penalty fees, incarceration or both. If you knowingly submit false or misleading information or omit pertinent information on your weekly benefit claim to increase your benefits, you are committing fraud.
Examples of unemployment insurance fraud:
- Beginning to work, but not reporting work, work hours, or income
- Inaccurately reporting gross income (pre-tax)
- Failure to report a job separation
- Receiving benefits while incarcerated
- Giving any false information
- Omitting any relevant information
- Using another person’s information to file a claim
It is important that you submit accurate, timely reports to avoid committing fraud, which can be accidental or intentional. Delaying weekly claims, omitting information, providing inaccurate details and answering questions untruthfully are all ways of committing fraud.