How to Report New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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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To go the main New Jersey Unemployment page, click here: New Jersey Unemployment

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# Paulash 2011-10-18 16:15
I know someone on unemployment that is going on vacation to India for a few months and has done so in the past. Is this legal? He's not authorized to work in India, but he keeps claiming that he's looking for work so he can collect his check. Why am I paying into this system to help people if he can take his unemployment and go on vacation?
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# nevet 2011-11-06 07:52
i know a person that got caught stealing from his job, when confronted he quit, he than filed an unemployment claim , it turns out he started his own business and proceeded to solicit the accounts that his prior job paid him to service.
he claimed unemployment by stating that his old job did not treat him well and failed to pay him on unearned commissions, he never complained about his salary, he was awarded the unemployment based on his statement that he was not paid some commission, once again he quit, he was not fired, he was paid his weekly check, the person who heard the case that worked for the state did not care that this worker had stolen or started his own company,what is wrong with this picture?
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# Greg 2011-11-09 11:23
sounds and looks to me like the goverment wants to pay fradulant claims or they wouldnt make it so hard or threatening to report someone .personaly i find it disturbing to hear people brag about collecting and working and doing so well when my wife and i work and cant feed or family
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# maria 2012-01-17 15:13
hi my name is maria an i worked for an insurance company and i got fired.
at the moment iam seing the opportunity to start a training program with another insurance to open my own agency thsi is one year program were i willl get pay commisions for my sales they told me iam not an employee i willl be working my own hours no salary

. Can i collect unemployment at the same time?
I am afraid that if i can not produce the sales they want me to do i will losing the second chance and Maybe the unemployment from my first job if i don apply know
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# Joanna 2012-04-04 08:24
I know someone who is in prison, and may be for up to four years, and he is still receiving unemployment benefits while he is incarcerated. Should he still be receiving unemployment compensation while in prison, especially since he only worked sporadically before jail?
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# Cindy 2012-05-11 11:47
I know someone who was fired and tired to pull strings to get her unemployment case approved now she is bar tending and still receiving benefits .. is it legal ? As she is probably working for tips can she still receive unemployment benefits?
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# Stephanie 2012-09-10 06:45
Is it illegal to collect unemployment and not be actively seeking a job
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# jadirh 2013-01-17 15:02
I know a person who is claiming benefits for already 2 years and she will be elegible for yet another extension for this year 2013, but she doesn't live in this country she comes just so she doesn't loose her imigration papers, but she leaves in her native country works in her country and she makes somebody else claim her benefits in America, while she leaves the beautiful life on her native country. JUST NOT FAIR! and they people complain about the Goverment and the help we don't have!?!?!?! seriously! I'm just saying if you want to live somewhere else, then bye bye, we don't have to maintain your ass sorry...We need working people fighters, if you r not it the bye bye....
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# Jessica 2013-01-29 15:39
I'm so tired of people completely abusing Unemployment. When I had to take it I worked my ass off looking for a job because I couldn't stand the idea of living off of the government. Then I see these people that just bitch and moan about how hard it is, but take their unemployment and party, buy unnecessary things, and work under the table somewhere. They end up making off so much better than I do working full-time! It's infuriating! Yeah, I'd love to have all my days free to go camping when I want to, or indulge in my hobbies all damn day... must be nice. My roommate, in particular, has been living off of unemployment, but works under the table delivering food during lunchtime and makes money from a side project, and does absolutely nothing else. He doesn't look for a job because he doesn't want one! How is this even possible. When I was on unemployment I had to go to seminars and prove that I was applying for jobs. Why is this no longer necessary? This extended benefits crap has to end unless it's an extreme case. I'm so tired of being one of the working poor just to pay for their benefits.
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# Evonne 2013-09-12 21:22
Is you're identity remained anonymous when reporting someone of fraud through the online form?
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# Robert A. Anderson 2016-07-20 10:17
Robert A.Anderson, was incarcerated from June 5th,2016 to June 20th 2016. So how is he entitled to unemployment.
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# Robert A. Anderson 2016-07-20 10:25
Robert A. Anderson was incarcerated from June 5th, 2016 to June 20th, 2016. 153-66-0713, so how is he entitled to unemployment benefits?
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# Lisa Miano 2017-09-12 09:18
Someone applied for unemployment using my SS# and an old address of mine online.
Is there a way to investigate this to see who has my SS#?
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# Pam 2017-10-03 10:48
I know a person who quite their job and is claiming to be unemployed but has apparently started a business stating they are the CEO. I'm unsure if it's making any or much revenue but they have an office space in an office building. I was just unsure what starting your own business and not reporting that meant to unemployment and I also doubt that they obtained proper licensing and insurance for their company. Thank you.
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