Pennsylvania 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?

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

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Comments  

 
# Nick 2012-01-12 19:01
Something happened to me that I never thought of. I was layed off last January. I filed a claim, and I recieved benefits. I found a part time job at Walmart. I explained the hours that I was available because I am attending school at night and have a son at home (that we can't afford to have in daycare) that I watch during the day. I went to orientation at Walmart and 4 hours later, realized that they wanted me to work at times I wasn't available. I don't know if this was a miscommunicatio n on my part of their's. This was only going to be 15 hours or so a week. I quit the job. No big deal. The problem I am having now is this. I never reported that I worked there for 4 hours, so I never reported that I quit. This wasn't an intentional thing. I filed through PAT the next time I was supposed to never thinking about the job because I was there for such a short time. I refiled for this year because my BYE happened. Walmart came into question and of course they made a point of saying I never reported it and then they wanted to know why I am no longer there. I couldn't even remember the day date I actually went in for orientation. I answered all of the other questions he needed to ask and said that it looks like I would be going back to my Tier 2 benefits but they need to determine why I am unemployed. Or something to that effect. My worry is this: Are they going to say I shouldn't have earned the last 5 months of unemployment and say that I knowingly commited fraud? I explained the reason that I know longer worked there and that it wasn't intentional that I didn't report it. If I need to pay back, I understand, but is this something that I could go to jail for? Or is it more likely that I will just be denied any future payments.
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# SAMMY 2012-06-27 13:15
I KNOW SOMEONE WHO MOVED TO VA AND WAS STILL COLLECTING AND WORKING FULLTIME HOW CAN I CHECK TO SEE IF SHE STILL IS DOING THIS AND REPORT HER?
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# kathy 2012-10-29 18:02
I know someone who had a back operation was off for 9 months collected unemployment and 15 weeks of disability from union then he did it the next year for bypass for another 10 months now he is collecting social security disability is this unemployment fraud he brags about it but i thought you could not collect unemployment if you could not work
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# Mary 2012-11-14 14:07
I know someone sitting in a jail cell in PA collecting unemployment- is this legal?
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# Renee 2013-02-24 09:40
Is it legal for someone who work for their families business, to collect unemplyment, so that they and stay home for 6 months after giving birth to a child?
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