How to Report Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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.

Still Have Questions?

To go back to the Massachusetts Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Massachusetts Unemployment FAQ

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

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# Sandee 2011-04-02 17:01
If a person is collecting unemployment benefits, can they open their own business? Does the person need to report to the unemployment office that they have opened a business? Will this affect their unemployment benefits?
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# Betty 2011-12-20 15:17
If someone has been working for a company since February of 2011 & collecting unemployment at the same time, who do you notify of this fraud.

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# Neil 2011-12-20 20:30
And how exactly is this fraud, stupid? Working while collecting unemployment is both encouraged and rewarded by DUA. As long as the worker reports his earnings, he is fine. Try minding your own business.
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# nodingbat 2012-08-09 15:44
neil, if you are working and collecting unemployment that is fraud. you can not do both. uenmployment is for those who are unemployed. do you get it?
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# Shopowner 2012-09-07 12:52
Neil..Unemployment is for those who do not work, not those who are capable. Minding our business? I run a business and you can't believe how many scum bags work under the table and collect on ME. I am sick of paying for FREE everything because of lazy people. I have worked two jobs before to make ends meet, I don't slime off of the Welfare State Of Mass. These people make me sick and should be fined for being frauds.
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# stoney 2012-02-23 09:57
I was looking to report someone who is committing fraud by collecting unemployment while currently making a trip around the world for the next year. Even sending someone else in his place when ordered to report for some sort of training. All the evidence needed is listed online on the public blog if keeps for the world to see.
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# JAP 2012-03-20 15:19
Is it legal for a person to collect unemployment and work under the table? And be behind in child support?
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# Joey 2012-04-26 13:07
I was looking to report someone who's been committing fraud by collecting unemployment since 2009 while she was taking trips in Haiti twice a year. Even has her daughter filling the green unemployment sheet while she is away for 2 months pretending that she is actively seecking jobs when she is not.I have proof abd evidence to support what i'm talking about, i know they cut her unemployment in 2011 cause she spent 2 years without looking for any jobs now i think she might be back on unemployment angain cause she said they would extend her unemployment for another 2 years. For any questions regarding this feel free to contact me.
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# Steven 2012-05-09 11:18
I came to this site because I know of an individual who was collecting unemployment and receiving unreported wage (under the table). However, the individual now lives in another state and is apparently still collecting, while continuing to receive under-the-table wages in the new state.

Would this constitute fraud?

Additionally, to those telling others to "mind their own business", it is unacceptable for people to abuse programs that hardworking residents pay for out of THEIR income! It's my business, and the responsibility of the state to investigate claims, until such time that they stop taking money of out my paycheck.
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# dewey 2012-08-04 18:52
I know of someone who is collecting unemployment benefits from a state which they no longer live in (is that considered fraud?) and also collecting disability for being a veteran. This person makes 5k a month on disabilty and unemployment together, lives in a really nice apartment, goes out drinking almost every night and lives a lavish lifestyle that would make one wonder how they are considered "100 % disabled".

I work my butt off and make nowhere close to that amount and my tax money is paying for people to live this kind of lifestyle? Nah!! TOTALLY MY BUSINESS
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# Lynne 2012-08-08 22:03
How to I let the state of Ma know of a fraud situation? This person gets regular checks and works @construction for cash This costs all taxpayers.
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# tami 2012-09-07 08:09
I have a question if someone was collecting uneployment then they got incarserated (jail)and while they were in jail this person their parents were still calling in weekly and cashing his checks and the parents were not even sending him any of them money to him while he was in jail from my knowledge this was going on for about 2 months is this concidered FRAUD i wanna know before i put the complaint in..
Another situation thats the same the parents above did the same with their sons girlfriend they were takeing her money and not sending her any either but with this girl they were stealing it from here she told them that they can do it (cash her checks)as long as they send her money but they did for 1st 2 weeks then stopped but they had her daughter so she couldn't report them they threatened her with foster care for her daughter.So the Question is i wanna know is can i report them for fraud/should i report them....
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# Ho JO 2012-10-04 19:24
Is it legal for someone to collect unemployement and then come to costa rica and vacation for 6 months out of the year? I would think that a person would have to be actively seeking employement instead of laying on the beach in another country
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# Craig 2013-03-02 17:01
Someone is collecting unemployment and gets extra for child support. She is married and has a different last name than her husband who has a high paying position at a professional sports organization and he supports the child, not her. Is she entitled to collect the extra payment for child support or is this fraud?
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# Elizabeth 2013-06-24 11:30
In March of this year, my husband was temporarily laid off and started collecting unemployment. He went back to work on 4/22/13. He worked 4/22/13 thru 4/26/13 but did not receive pay until 5/3/13. My husband is now on a medical leave of absence and when I asked his employer to give me his paycheck for working 6/10/13 - 6/15/13, he said that John claimed one too many weeks of unemployment back in April, so his employer took the $234.00 that he received from unemploymant out of his paycheck. Is this legal? My husband and I think that it should be up to unemployment if he was overpaid and not his employer.
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