Arizona Unemployment Fraud Penalties

REMEMBER:

IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO WORK WHILE YOU ARE COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

You are able to work at a job and make a certain amount of money while still collecting unemployment benefits. When you apply for unemployment, this amount will be determined, and how this works will be explained to you by your unemployment counselor.

ALSO REMEMBER:

IT IS A CRIME TO COLLECT UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHEN YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THEM

If you willingly collect unemployment benefits when you are not eligible for them, and when you don't meet all the requirements - this is considered unemployment fraud and there are stiff penalties for committing unemployment fraud.

Unemployment Fraud Penalties include some or all of the following:

1. Fine. You may have to pay back the unemployment money you collected (this is called restitution) and pay a large criminal fine.
2. Jail. You may be sent to jail if you are found guilty and convicted of unemployment fraud.
3. Probation.

Still Have Questions?

To go back to the Arizona Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Arizona Unemployment FAQ

To go the main Arizona Unemployment page, click here: Arizona Unemployment

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# tom 2011-12-16 17:50
If someone commits unemployment fraud, is their any penalty or do they just send them a bill for payments received
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# Nicole 2012-04-06 14:53
How can I prove that someone quit (or rather quit showing up for work) and was not laid off? They quit showing up for work, didn't call in and instead filed for unemployment stating that they were "laid off". What can I and others do to protect ourselves from this type of fraudulent claim?
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# Amandacava1 2012-08-10 23:45
Hello I recieved Ui in Az for about 4 weeks after being let go then I found work, well I filed for two weeks after began working because I was not earning more then the UI, Well then I got a letter stating that I needed to provide info about my new job but my employer told me had already completed the questionarre and sent to to them. So I assumed was taken care of now, well I just recieved letter, determination of deputy informing Im disqualified from 8/7/2012 to indefinate. What does that mean?
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# Chanel 2012-09-25 19:33
I am in the same predicament as you. I just wonder if we would have to pay back the monies and the arizona laws seem harsh. I am living in Hawaii and was filing as outer state. Im worried.
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# Shawna 2013-01-06 15:01
I have worked and attended school full time for the past three years. The company I work for recently closed their office in az and I qualify for unemployment. I am looking for a job and have always done night, online and weekend courses for school. I need to still work to provide for my family, but am a year away from being done with school. I am searching for and willing to take a full time job, but don't want to quit pursuing my education. Is there anyway to still collect unemployment and be a student. I can show I have been doing both work and school in the past ???
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