How to Report Florida Unemployment Fraud


If you want to know how to report unemployment fraud, you must first be sure that someone is committing unemployment fraud. In the state of Florida it is a crime to knowingly collect unemployment benefits that you are not eligible to receive, and this is considered unemployment fraud. BUT, it is very important to note that 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.

If you do work while you are collecting unemployment benefits, it is VERY important that you follow the rules given to you by your unemployment counselor, which includes reporting where you work, how much you make every week, etc.

If you suspect someone of committing unemployment fraud, you can contact the unemployment office to report them. You may be able to remain anonymous, or you may have to give your name and contact information to report them.

When you make your report, be sure to give as much detailed information as possible, including the following:

  • Their name
  • Their address
  • Their phone number
  • Where they are working
  • How much money they're making

If you know that someone is committing unemployment fraud, you can report them by contacting your local unemployment office.

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# maggie 2010-11-30 19:44
is it illegal to work under the table at a job that pays cash while receiving unemployment? i would like to know before i report this person, he is working in an office doing "loan modifacations" and also collecting 863 dollars a month in unemployment. please let me know if this is allowed, and he has not reported his job, however he has been on unemployment since 4/25/10 and he has recieved 2 entensions already. thank you very much.
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# Annonomous 2012-01-04 12:35
I would also like to know if someone is working under the table, making about 1000.00 a week cash and is collecting un-employment is this illegal? Should they be reported? I know of 2 people that fall into this category....and before I report them I want to make sure what they are doing is illegal.
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# christina 2011-01-26 22:01
if some1 is claiming unemployment and is working at a spouses business but dont report it cause they dont want to pay taxes is that fraud
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# Frankie 2011-05-31 16:54
Collecting unemployment from a state that they no longer live in and is unavailable to work because of distance. Fraud?
ie: living in Virginia - collecting in Florida
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# Joy 2011-08-29 14:39
Is it legal to collect unemployment and have your pay put on another persons paycheck, pay them the money to pay taxes until your unemployment runs out?
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# sherrie 2011-10-18 22:18
This person is recieving unemployment and works and gets paid under the table! Is this fraud???
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# Fred 2011-11-02 14:00
My ex is required to pay 550.00 per month in child support but draws unemployment so I receive 130.00 every 2 weeks (for 2 children). He (my ex) has has been working for a friends lawn service for the past 6 month and has just recently purchased the lawn service company with all the equipment, lawn mowers, and truck. I have called child support to let them know that he is working now. I was told that if he does not report that he is working to unemployment that there is nothing they can do because he is drawing unemployment and the support is taken out of his check. He is working under the table and is not reporting anything. I am a single mother of 2 children. I do not make enough to pay all of my monthly bills and need help. So if you could please help me figure out how I can make him report and pay.
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# Gina 2013-05-20 09:07
It is called collusion when an employer pays an employee under the table, that is illegal, also UC Tax Fraud on behalf of the employer. That should be reported.
When you are running your own business that makes you ineligible for UC benefits because you are self-employed, report this information as well.
If you report, make sure you have names addresses and phone numbers, provide as much information as possible in order to help the person who receives this information locate all parties involved, otherwise, there will be no investigation.
Good Luck!
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# Shayla 2012-01-05 10:49
Is drawing unemployment from Florida but now living in MS and NOT looking for work considered fraud? She says she is looking for work but she is lying.
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# ron 2012-03-05 15:26
Is it considered fraud if an employer is shorting hours on payroll? This has been going on for at least 1 year. at least 5 employees. The employer is shorting the state of income.
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# needtono 2012-03-18 13:30
I know this girl who was working for a still she just had a baby. But she was woriking collecting at least 600 undertable every 2 Weeks I am sure since I.have been.let.go. they have stopped doing it but still
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# Gina 2013-05-20 09:11
If you are not able & available then you are not eligible for UC Benefits. Having a baby generally means you are not able & available for 6 weeks after the birth of the child, the only way around that is if you can provide a doctor's not releasing you to go to work before that 6 weeks are up.
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# Florida 2012-05-10 17:10
how do you find out if a person is reporting income while collecting unemployment? They have been collecting unemployment for over a year, suppose to be paying $400 a month for child support but is only paying less than $200 being garnished from unemployment checks. Found out this person is working under the table for cash, found advertisements online for this person to work, what can be done?
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# Sean 2012-05-18 19:15
how easy is it for employers to claim a person is only working 25 hours a week, when essentially they working 40 hrs, how do you prove it, if there vehicle is present 5 -6 days a week , 8 hours a day....
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# Jennifer 2012-05-26 04:43
If an individual has been collecting unemployment for almost a year, and has opened a "self-employed" business, but still collecting...isn't this fraud? This individual has told me that he is still collecting while "getting his business going".
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# Nicole 2012-07-10 03:47
I have a family member that has told me that he dosent want a job and that he lies on his unemployment about looking for a job. Its been 2 years that he has been receiving unemployment. Should I report him for lieing about looking for jobs?.
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# anonymous 2012-07-20 21:10
My ex husband has been on unemployment for 2 years. During this time he has moved into a new house,travellin g outside the country, etc.. Recently he has been bragging that he is working under the table and not paying child support. I would like to report him but I only have this heresay evidence. Is there anything I can or should do? I would think the state would like to know if they have been defrauded for the past year.
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# Anonymous 2012-07-26 21:16
If someone that hasn't called one job they report every two weeks,they just copy and paste craigslist jobs for months and say they have contacted them by call and email, can he get in trouble for that if so what is the punishment? Does the unemployment office check the information given or even see if he contacted these jobs at all?
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# lee 2012-07-29 14:31
I know an individual that was collecting unemployment benefits yet was depositing large amounts of cash in his bank account. I believe the cash deposits were a result of illegal activities. However, is it legal for someone to collect unemployment and have a 2,000-3,000 dollar income that is not reported?
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# Maxwell 2012-12-17 16:23
What should I do if I know a person that is on unemployment but is working as a contractor for another company. I know for a fact that they have not told their old company about this. She also collects full military benefits. She is also being paid under the table by another company. Does this hurt the original company because she is still collecting unemployment benefits.
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# Martika 2013-01-10 19:15
I have been working at my job for over three years. A month ago someone placed unemployment under my name. They have my drivers license number & ss#. They have collected money from my employers account. The department put a stop to it. But my question is, how can I find out who this person is to press charges and how can I fix this situation under my name some one has stolen my identity. Can I get a new ss#?
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# Kiri 2013-06-05 18:22
I know someone who did his best to collect unemployment for the full duration allowed, and did so by purposely applying for jobs he was not qualified for. As soon as his benefits ended, he was able to get a job at a local small business. It was obvious abuse, but was it legal?
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# Barbara D Watson 2017-07-05 13:54
Brian Lee a say last 4 digits as # 1718 states he is homeless/ . Does not call furniture employers and makes up a name he spoke to..fraud. is happy receiving the money.
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# Tarik Yassine 2017-09-03 20:10
What about if I file there is one of unemployment employer manipulate in my case with my last employer . What I have to do , or who can help me ? Who can get my complain ? Thank you
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# Joshua 2017-09-15 19:04
I know somebody that is working at a resort place getting paid and gets unemployment every week. I think they get paid under the table I'm not sure is it legal for him to do so and he's also waiting on Social Security Disability I know he makes a minimum of $250 a week on top of the unemployment
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# Martin 2017-09-27 10:20
unemployment is committing Fraud and False allegation regarding my account; Need to talk to unemployment lawyer
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# Melissa 2017-11-28 10:14
I had a customer ask if he could fill out an application just to say he is actively looking for work with no intention of actually getting a job so that he may continue getting unemployment checks. Is this something I can report to the unemployment office?
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