Colorado 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 Colorado Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Colorado Unemployment FAQ

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

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# ed 2011-07-07 15:08
what does postponed mean?. i was getting ready to move to teir 4. now theres 11,000 in account. but still its postponed should i be concerned
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# Barb 2012-01-24 16:45
ed, did you ever get a response to your question? It shows the money in my account for tier 1 ready to go but it says postponed. Did they ever release your payments?
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# Tyler 2013-01-31 17:15
I just moved to florida and was offered a job. It hasnt started yet and i have not received any sort of income from it. I have accepted the job, and been collecting unemployment until the job starts. Today i got a letter in the mail that I have unemployment fraud. I disputed the paper and sent it back. Is there anything else i should do? I dont mind paying the money back while im in this transition period, i just dont want to go to jail or something crazy like that.
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# Jazmin 2013-02-15 00:26
I do have a friend that recently received a fine for almost 3000... At this moment he is experiencing a bad financial crisis, is there any way that he can ask for a waiver?
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