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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Comments  

 
# 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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# Lisa 2017-10-21 14:56
If u believe someone did UI fraud and want to report it and the person has their own business and it says all the jobs and income the person made while collecting and I only know that it was 5/2016 when UI started or they asked for it and I believe they had it for over 1 yr or several months and I believe they might be doing fraud/taxes/undertable paying or customers paying cash so they do not have to report it and maybe this person is collecting legally cause I see u can collect while working and I really hope that is the case and this is not fraud cause I really do not like getting ppl in trouble but I believe that u should follow the system/rules and I was also wondering if u report person will they be told who did it cause scared of this person and someone said after reporting it that if person is caught and pentalized that (me) the person who reported it gets a reward and something like % of the money the person is fined for commiting the crime cause I never heard of that and just think ppl should follow the rules and we would have more funds for the ppl who really need it and stealing is just wrong and I am disabled and can't work and waiting in appeal for SSDI and wish I could just get better and work cause being home with PCA workers and therapists is harder and suffering cause was workaholic and I have no income or assets/savings and children so it would help vwry much if it is true u get money % for reporting and catching someone doing fraud and need to know if person will know I reported it and if u get money if they are found guilty and as much as I need help with $ I hope that the person is doing it right and reported income but really believe that theUI is fraud and also the persns own business w undertable and tax fraud and if that is the case then they should be accountable for doing wrong in my eyes so thanks for your time and please let me know what I am not understanding Thanks and God Bless Lisa
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# Lisa 2017-10-21 15:00
If u report person u believe is commiting UI fraud will they find out that I did it cause I would me too scared of them doing something and someone said if a person is chared w fraud and I reported it that I recieve a % of money the person is required to pay back and the person has own business and believe fraud w undertable and cash customers so not reported taxes and hope I am wrong but believe u should follow rules and be accoutable for if doing wrong
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