How to Report Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 back to the Pennsylvania Unemployment FAQ Page, click here: Pennsylvania Unemployment FAQ

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

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# Gary M 2011-02-08 08:00
I would like to report UC abuse. Can someone please inform me of how I can go about reporting sais abuse

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# sharon 2011-02-09 16:58
I know someone that is collecting unemployment and working for cash under the table. He has 2 jobs. He works for his landlord doing snow removal and the landlord takes money off the rent (is that considered fraud) also he works for a guy removing snow from apt. parking lots and gets cash. He does not report both to unemployment. Are the above two mentioned considered unemployment fraud?
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# Katherine 2011-02-18 22:59
My husband and I have been seperated since September. From around, December I believe until now in February he has been working off the books for his dads company. He is collecting unemployment money claiming he is not working at all. He has been working anywhere from 30-45 hours a week. His dad pays him under the table no taxes taken out, and knowingly while his son, my husband has been collecting. My husband just informed me that all the money he was owed has finally caught up in the new year because apparently there was a hold. He brings in 450 a week under the table, and I believe 400 every two weeks from unemployment. Im tired of him cheating every system he can. What can I do to turn him in. He just told me hes going back on the books this week so he can use the unemployment at the end of the year IF he needs it.
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# Concerned Taxpayer 2011-08-05 17:48
I know of a person who quit ther job, filed for unemployment, and threatened to sue the employer for "workplace violence" (bogus, by the way), if they denied benefits. Is this fraud? The employer did not fight the claim.
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# melissa 2012-04-25 21:06
I know someone that is collecting unemployment that just had a baby 3 weeks ago (by c-section) and is still filling out her forms like she is looking for a job and can actually work.
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# Caitlin 2012-08-15 16:13
My 50 year old neighbor has been collecting about 250 a week for about 15 months now, has a 14 year old child and is a single parent. Makes no effort to look for a job and her daughter has told me she sits around all day watching soap operas. At one of the places I work they do not make you go through interviews so as long as you're 16 and a US citizen you get the job. They needed a new employee so I asked her if she was interested and she said she was not...I know I'm technically not the employer offering the job but since I know she would have the job (boss told me they'd hire her on the spot) I feel like that is job refusal. Is it abusing the system?
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# hope 2013-03-14 11:38
my brother is on unemployment and not even trying to find a job, he hauls the amish and receives cash add checks that he cashes, but dont calm that money, what do I do?
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# tammy 2013-07-29 18:55
im trying to find out how can I report someone,ive tried online and its keep sending me to a dead end page..this person has there own company,actuall y has a website for advertising and get paid cash,atleast 600$ per mth and collect unemployment. they have also recently caused a car to hit theres so they can go to therapy and collect some money..can someone tell me who and where can I report this??
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# john 2013-08-12 14:34
if i suspected someone of unemployment fraud and i reported it , would i remain anonymous? or would they find out who reported it?
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# Timmy 2013-09-05 17:38
Can a person work full time for a "temp agency" for 5+ years and keep a claim open? This person works for about $35/hour, 40 hours a week consistently 50 weeks a year. Then the person goes on vacation and/or holiday and collects full unemployment benefits the other 2 weeks. Is this legal?

Also, the person had a claim in both new jersey and pennsylvania. they were not open at the same time, to the best of my knowledge but when the one closed (accidentally -- forgetting to call), they opened the other. Is that illegal?
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# Gregory Paschall Sr 2017-08-31 11:23
I know someone has committed fraud to the unemployment compensation forging my name and filling out my paper work illegally I have reported this person but have not heard any feed back as of yet can someone please get back to me so I can handle this matter I was incarcerated at the time all this illegal activity was going on and was not aware of anything until I was released from prison
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# Jessica Hornickell 2017-09-17 12:55
Shannon McDanniels and Brandon Thornton of myerstown is are babysitting children during the week And not claiming when they are making money. Shannon Also works at the huttle house a local restaurant and isnt claiming all of her tips. Not sure on the amount and exact address but it's being done at there house. Also unaware of her contact info.
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