Maine 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 Maine Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Maine Unemployment FAQ

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

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Comments  

 
# Kevin 2012-06-20 08:45
Back in 2010 I collected about $6000.00 of unemployment from the state of maine. I moved to Florida in August of 2010 and continued to collect. In December I was sent a notice of overpayment, there was a phone hearing and a few weeks later I recieved a letter stating I was overpaid due to Fraud and that I now owed $13,000.00.
My question is. I cannot pay this, They have me on a payment of $125.00/month for 6months and then $200/mo after 6mo. I am the sole supported of my family in Florida my current income barely meets my basic needs. Should I get a Lawyer? What can I do? Should I send a letter to them explaining my hardship? Please help. (I know I'm stupid for getting into this mess, but I dont want it to be the end of the world for me and my family!!
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# MAC 2013-04-29 08:52
I am aware of an individual that has been "out of work" since just before Christmas in 2012. This person started working again within 4 weeks of his first Unemployment check. The most recent one was paid on the 22nd of April 2013.
My problem with this, is that he willingly kept filing for benefits while working "under the table."
What should I do about this? Can the employer that paid him while he was collecting get in trouble too? This is the same employer that laid him off in the first place!
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# sue 2013-05-06 12:23
I live in TX and had to draw unemployment from the state of maine last year (2012)....I had to fight with them ALL summer long with regards to getting my unemployment. I had a hearing and it was determined I was not eligible for unemployment and now say I owe them 4200! I was not informed of this until 6 months AFTER I had stopped getting unemployment benefits. After I was determined to not be entitled (which STILL I do not understand) I was then told by someone else there it was a mistake, and I WAS entitled and they kept paying me. I worked for a seasonal business...full time from May 5 2011 to Oct 1 2011. I was so upset by all the back and forth, and not knowing each week weather I would receive anything that I ended up on anti-depressant medication. How in heck do they get away with this, when I cant fathom one reason why I would not be entitled...I have worked for over 40 years, and have never drawn unemployment. When I needed it, they tell me I don't qualify?? HOw can that be?
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# karen 2013-09-09 14:07
My brother recently passed away. In his mail, notices from Unemployment states he was overpaid. Is his estate liable for this charges? If so, what happens if there is not enough money in his estate to cover the overpayment
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