How to Report Maryland 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 Maryland 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 may be 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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# concerned citezen 2011-07-06 16:42
I live next door to a man who receives unemployment benefits. This disturbs me because he BRAGS to me all of the time about "how easy it is to trick the state of MD into giving him unemployment benefits". He has told me that he lied to SS about how many people are living in his home so that he would not have to report their income,his wife runs a business out of their home and she even has business cards made up,MEANWHILE his wife gets disability benefits every month. His mother and aunt live in the home and they both receive SS benefits. He has made sure to fail to tell this to the state, and he works under the table. He has admitted to me that he has "$2000.00" A MONTH coming into that house THAT THE STATE DOESN'T KNOW ABOUT. These people in the past year have had a brand new swimming pool installed in their back yard, spent thousands of dollars improving their boat, and HIS WIFE SPENDS DAYS AT AT TIME across the street from their house tossing A TON of money into a poker machine. The store owner informed me that he has witnessed her dropping $800. IN A DAY on this machine!! They are CONSTANTLY going on trips to Atlantic City and Ocean city. How is this possible? How is the state letting this happen? I have called the unemployment office in the county that I live in and no one seems to care!! I PAY MY TAXES, IS THIS WHERE MY TAXES ARE GOING????? How can I help to stop this? These people are completely AND HAVE BEEN FOR YEARS NOW getting unemployment, and WASTING IT. I just feel with the state that our economy is in, it's wrong for citizens to take from the government like this!! Thanks you for your time...
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# T 2017-10-17 10:37
Sir they can't just pull unemployment benefits from someone because everytime an upset neighbor calls. You could be saying that because you don't like them or they rolled over you cat with their car or whatever. They have to launch an investigation and see if what you're saying is true. I'm glad they do because that would be pretty messed up if anyone could make one phone call and get someone's benefits taken away.
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# wondering 2012-03-01 20:41
I know of someone who has been receiving unemployment since last year. This person is not following the rules. They are not doing the job searches that are required. How do I report them. They live in MD but are getting $400 DC unemployment every week.
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# confused 2013-01-07 18:21
How can someone collect unemployment be required to actively search for work but NEVER leave their house! ...I find it hard to believe every job app is filled out online
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# T 2017-10-17 10:27
I regret to inform you that most if not all applications are indeed online now days. I wish it weren't so because I feel that its a severely impersonal way of going about things. My current job I never even met my employers in person before my first day of work. A lot of companies are using facetime for interviews and everything. It's the age of technology sir/ma'am.
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# Ken 2013-08-12 14:33
I know a man who has his own law firm and does quite well. His wife is unemployed and receives unemployment. The other day he bought his daughter a trip to Italy and in the same day got a quote to remodel his whole kitchen. This seems wrong to me. How can you take the government's money when you obviously are financially, not just sound, but thriving?
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# T 2017-10-17 10:28
I see what you mean but any money the government has comes from us, the people, our taxes. So not sure how you view it as their money.
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# ccb 2013-10-09 20:10
I took over a business after I caught the girl stealing I fired her two weeks into owning our business. She filed for unemployment and after debating she won. On top of it I know she is still collecting unemployment and she has a new job. She is such a scammer
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# T 2017-10-17 10:34
If she won that means she must have had hard evidence that she didn't steal or you must not have hard evidence that she did steal and so they ruled that she was fired unjustly. Also, its not against the law to receive unemployment benefits while being employed. They base the amount you get on what you made from the job you lost. They give you a certain percentage of that. If your new job isn't paying as well or you get less hours than you can receive unemployment benefits to make up the difference.
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