Illinois 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 Illinois Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Illinois Unemployment FAQ

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

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Comments  

 
# Nick 2011-02-16 18:04
I know someone who is living in FLorida and has for the last year but is still certifing for Illinois unemployemnt. Is that legal?
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# marie 2011-12-06 21:21
I was working two jobs and fired for one. My previous employer said that I was eligible for benefits. I was collecting unemployment and still working part-time. Now the office is saying that my current employer is declaring wages that would make me ineligible. What do I do?
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# jaime 2011-12-23 20:52
I was recently unemployed and got a new job that next week I had to certify for unemployment since I didn't recieve a check I went ahead and certified and I got paid on my next certification after I got paid at my new job I put I got paid down the next week I received a letter stating that they saw that I started work a week earlier and had got paid for two weeks and I shouldn't and it was fraud. I got paid 192 for unemployment every two weeks. And my new job is with the government my question is will I go to jail and will I get fired from my job
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