Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Massachusetts Unemployment FAQ

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

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# Ted 2011-01-19 09:32
If you are found guilty of unemplyment fraud how long will the state give you to pay it back?
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# Holly 2012-06-30 17:33
I know a man who is in jail. He just received an unemployment check for $1500. Either his girlfriend or sister forged his signature. he gave them permission to take the money. This makes me mad. Especially when the sister is a correction officer!
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