New Jersey 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 New Jersey Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: New Jersey Unemployment FAQ

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

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Comments  

 
# DOROTHY 2010-12-09 13:51
WAS CHARGE WITH FRAUD AFTER EMPOLYER KEPT ADDING TIPS TO GROSS PAY WAS SUPENDED FROM UNEMPOLYMENT FOR 1 YR, YR IS OVER WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
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# oscar 2011-01-25 20:40
i`ve been collecting unemployment for 6 months now but have a job of at least 35hrs a week.is that allowed .i thought as long as i`m not working 40hr`s or more i`m intitled to these benefits .i work in a diferent state then where i`m collecting the unemployment benefits.the checks are mailed to me. what`s gonna happen to me .i`m not a criminal and dont want to defraud anyone.please help me?
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# nikki 2011-11-01 07:10
Did ue ever catch u? N if so what happened?
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# anthony 2011-10-21 14:03
I realized that I was collecting UI benefits from 2 states...I thought the first claim (NJ) which was on extension was funds due me. I contacted the NJLWD office that collects overpayments of UI benefits. I was told they do not show an overpayment, but will look into it and get back to me. I actually did not spend the money since I was not sure I was entitled. I offered to pay the funds back in total as soon as they can determine the amount. Do I have to worry about being prosecuted?
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# Betrayed 2012-04-30 17:07
I have a friend who is on SSI payments and is receiving unemployment benefits also. Is this allows or does he have to paid back all that money. I do not understand way they have not caught him yet when he is using the same social security number. Can you explain this.
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# ROCKY 2012-05-16 11:38
I entered the wrong amount of severance pay and also i did not report my vacation pay. Can i go back and fix this. Its been a month since i filed my unemployment benefits. what can i do now? will i be penalized?
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