Unemployment Insurance Fraud

What Is It, What are the Risks?

Millions of Americans are actively filing for unemployment, many suddenly “displaced” from jobs. But the truth is that for most it’s a mini-disaster. Job lay-off could be completely unexpected, unplanned.

For most laid-off workers, unemployment insurance benefits are critical to their survival and the continued survival of their families. Unfortunately a few can spoil a good thing. If you file for unemployment benefits and attempt to collect income that in any way misleads the government, you could be guilty of unemployment fraud.

Simply put unemployment insurance fraud is a crime in every state and punishable with fines and even imprisonment.

Unemployment Fraud In Your State

Every state is different.  Find out how your state handles unemployment fraud:

State Unemployment Directory

How To Report Unemployment Fraud

Click this link to find out how to report unemployment fraud: 

How To Report Unemployment Fraud

What Constitutes Unemployment Insurance Fraud?

Here are a few of the most common ways in which you are held legally responsible for your unemployment benefits:

Personal Information – When you file an unemployment benefits claim your application is a legal document. You are expected by law to provide your name, social security number, current address, current and correct phone number and current and correct employment information. Any intentional misrepresentation of who you are, and your employment situation is considered fraudulent. It is a crime to provide intentionally wrong information about yourself or someone else when filing an unemployment insurance claim.

You cannot just use anyone else’s personal information to collect unemployment—this is identity theft. That means you cannot “borrow” your cousin Al’s personal information to collect money for yourself.

Looking for Work – Unless you’re on a temporary lay-off, or remain job-attached, or a union worker, you are required to actively seek work and be physically and mentally able to work as a condition of unemployment collection. You are required to attest to that fact each time you file a weekly payment claim. If, in fact, you do not look for work, lie about looking for work, or lie about being able to work…guess what? You’re committing a crime.

Reporting Income – Besides being able and looking for work, you must also disclose any extra income you earned in any given week. If you earn income from a new part-time job, or do some freelance consulting, you are required by law to disclose these wages. How does the state use this information? Any additional income you earn from part-time or freelance work is figured into your benefits claim. You earn partial benefits when you work part-time. Failure to report additional income while you are receiving state unemployment pay is a crime.

Unemployment Fraud by Employers

Employers that provide intentionally misleading employment information on any of their employees or about the wages earned also commits fraud.

Always provide the most accurate information you can when filing for your unemployment benefits.

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# mike 2010-08-18 22:33
Is it possible to collect NYS unemployment while running a business in another state ?
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# Site Admin 2010-08-18 22:50
No.

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# Hill 2010-10-01 15:40
What if you do freelance work, but have not received payment for it; are not sure whether or not you will actually be compensated for it, as well as how much you will be paid for it, then do you have to report this on the UI Claim, and if so, how will you know what amount you will need to report if you haven't even been paid as of yet, or reached an agreed upon amount as well?
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# Butterpecan 2011-04-07 20:44
I lost my job in 2010. In April I did some consulting because unemployment did not cover my monthly expenses. I did it for 8 months to stay ahead just for three days a week for 4 hours a day.Since December of 2010 I stopped working doing consulting and now unemployment is terminating my benefits. What to do/
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# Mike 2012-12-23 16:58
hi, recently i quit my job i just walked out never came back. later i was told i could file for unemployment and be fine so i had my sister do it for me, but she lied on it saying i was fired. Now im worried about employment fraud and i dont know what to do please help.
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# Peggy S. 2010-08-19 11:10
This is a question from the other side, so to speak. I do not recieve unemployment myself but do have an ex husband who is recieving benefits because he was laid off voluntarily. There is a child support issue here where he wants to pay the minimal and has stated that to me.He was making extremely good money at his job but didnt like the fact that child support went up. At that point he voluntarily gave up his position and took the unemployment route. He is working side jobs but is not reporting them and asked that I not say anything or he might go to jail. I dont want him in jail but at the same time i dont want him getting away with abusing the system and working these side jobs without reporting them because he doesnt want his child support to go back up. He has even bragged to me that all he has to do is push a button on the automated line for unemployment to state that he is activly looking for a job. Everyone is going to push that button, is it not controlled better then that ?? And does anyone have any advise for me. I am not at all against people needing unemployment, if it is really needed and just not so easily handed over to those who are just using the system to evade other responsibilitie s. Thank you....
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# Site Admin 2010-08-19 20:12
Peggy S.,

Thank you for your comments and questions.

I can understand your frustration, and I know that you are being put in a difficult situation.

I don't know what advice to give you regarding they personal situation you are in, but I will address them in more general terms.

1. Voluntary Layoff.

Millions of Americans were given the choice of taking a 'voluntary layoff' or just getting laid-off. Many people were given the choice between taking a 'voluntary layoff' and getting fired. For some the choice was more voluntary than others - but the fact remains that they got laid-off. Nine times out of ten, people that were given this choice would have been laid-off pretty soon after being given this 'choice' anyway.

2. 'Just pushing a little button'

While there are definitely challenges that state governments face in administering a program that distributes and tracks benefits to 15 million people every week, I guarantee you that there is much more control over it than 'just pushing a little button'. You must file your weekly certification every week - some people do it by phone, some by computer, some in person. You also have to keep a written record of your job search, and you must apply for at least two jobs every week. Every unemployment program also requires a periodic eligibility review where the claimant has to go into the office and go over their work search record and eligibility with the unemployment counselor. Also, the unemployment departments are actively monitoring employer's time-cards and pay stubs, looking for people who are working side jobs while collecting unemployment. If the person is working 'under-the-table' and not in an official employee capacity - it can be difficult for them to be discovered to be committing unemployment fraud.

3. Working while collecting unemployment is not unemployment fraud.

You are allowed to work part-time and earn a small amount of income - and collect full unemployment benefits at the same time. Just how much you are allowed to make is determined on a case-by-case basis, and every state and every person is different. If you make more than this allotted amount you risk having your unemployment amount reduced, or even in some cases - taken away. It is absolutely critical that you report an income that you earn while on unemployment.

4. Advice for you.

Peggy - I know you are in a difficult situation. On the one hand you don't want to see the father of your child get in trouble for unemployment fraud. On the other hand - you are being taken advantage-of by your ex-husband who is abusing the system. I wish I could tell you what to do - but it is not that easy. You have to listen to your heart, and do what you know is right. It is a tough choice: Do you let your ex-husband go on cheating the system - and cheating you and your child out of what you're due - and know that his cheating-the-system will catch up with him one day, somehow? Or, do you call and report him for unemployment fraud now - and risk your child seeing their father go to jail?

I hate to say it, but my first instinct tells me that you should not report him -- even if you can prove that he is committing unemployment fraud. If he goes to jail, what kind of child support can he pay then? Instead, you and your child will better served focusing on all of the wonderful and positive things in your lives. Your ex-husband won't be able to cheat unemployment forever.

This is just my first instinct - which is often right -- but this is a complex situation, so I'm going to keep thinking on this, and if something else comes to me - I'll let you know. This is straying too far into legal and lawyer territory -- and I am not an attorney, and I don't play one on TV. You should discuss this matter with your attorney - they would be able to give you better advice on what to do about your ex-husband.

Good luck!

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# Joe Worker 2010-09-30 17:05
So, sounds like this guy is bucking the system but you answered this gals questions with deep empathy and compassion. I bet she is working!!
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# fraud hater 2011-02-23 14:38
if your ex husband is committing fraud you should call and report him 1.800.686.1555. you can ask them questions about what will happen to him. they are very nice. I am unemployed and spend hours daily looking for a job it disturbs me fathers are quitting their jobs to lower their support. this has happened to very good friend of mine also. he is doing the exact same thing yours is doing.
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# Jodi 2012-08-22 19:19
My ex has been doing the same thing, collecting benefits and working under the table to reduce his support. He made over 80K. He NEVER submitted income to FOC. They based it on the average for his occupation, under 50K. I was working making $16/hr. The economy tanked and my hours were cut to 14 or less per week. I returned to school and never raised his support. I even wrote off 4K in rearages. He works construction and gets laid off regularly. He opted to use this to try to reduce his payment and has tried to pretend his Union benefits he pays into are deductions. He fell down after getting drunk, injured himself and received disability via the union. He had surgery and was off almost 4 months. He also collected unemployment. After being threatened by him to sign an agreement in the amount what he thought he wanted to pay for support, I declined. He decided to continue his path of unemployment. I reported him and hope this soon is not an option. Especially with 2.4K in annually child care and medical bills!
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# Lee 2011-12-04 11:10
So what is your problem? Seems you are more concerned with how the UIA system works when you should be more concerned with an ex-husband who is apparently a dead-beat ass**** who does not want to take care of his child or children.

My advice is to contact the Friend of the Court and report that he has 'voluntarily' quit his job. It is not your concern what 'others' do as far as UIA.

Your concern should be about your child and the deadbeat ass trying to get out of caring for his child (ren).
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# mother of 4 2012-02-05 13:47
S long as he's paying you support why care what he's doing. IV got 4 kids grown now their father & their father never paid. So quit bitching your getting paid. All you care about is getting even with him because of the divorce.
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# Kennie R 2013-03-20 13:28
I know of a husband who was REQUIRED to pay child support for his own child plus another child that was not even his. It wasn't until years later that the man questioned whether this was his kid or not because the child had none of his features and looked mixed, but there was no proof and the system was not on the side of men at that point (and still may not be). If a woman filed on a man, it was a done deal.

I wish there was a better system so that MOTHER's could prove exactly what they are doing with all of that money when they get it!! STRICT accounting should be set in place by the system for each and every dime!!

The man paid child support on this kid because his pleas went unheard by female attorneys who laughed in his face saying, "Sorry, we can't help you sir." It was not until a male attorney was available and the poor man stood fast even though the attorney tried to brush him off, it wasn't until this attorney saw a document showing that the mother named another man as the father that the poor guy no longer had to pay child support. By this time, the child was 18 or 19 years old!!

They did not require the mother to pay the ex back all of that money!!!! Something is screwed up with the system. Women lay up with men and end up pregnant, and then they file child support on these fellows and use the money on their new man, their purchase desires (Gucci bags, Prada, etc), they don't work, and the man pretty much suffers alone.

How about the woman suffer something for opening her legs?

For example: If a woman rented a $750 2-bedroom apartment and the child had its own bedroom, the child's living space would be like 250. She and the dad should SPLIT that $250 because they BOTH laid there having sex! The dad should have to only pay $175 in this case for his portion (half) in housing the child. Do this for daycare, school supplies, clothes, shoes etc. Mother invests in her portion and the father pays or reimburses half.

Strict accounting should be enforced by the State in order to prove where the money is going. If a mother fails to respond to phone calls, etc by the State or by the father, benefits should be put on hold!!!

This poor guy is currently my fiance. The damage sleeping with one woman can do. The ex chose to carry and deliver the child and the child of another man to term and saw these kids as money-making opportunities.

How about women keep their freaking legs closed unless they are prepared to take care of them? Stop sleeping with men and allowing them to leave "evidence" behind!!! I am a woman, I grew up in a single parent household, I never saw one dime of the child support my dad payed on me and my siblings, and many of the females I knew in high school got pregnant and have guys on child support. I am thoroughly disgusted!
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# Nora R. 2010-08-19 17:00
I have a neighbor who I over heard crowing about getting a 6 months unemployment extension. He has been fixing cars in his garage and driveway for weeks. If he is getting paid, doesn't he need to let the unemployment office know?
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# Site Admin 2010-08-20 07:44
Nora,

If you are earning an income while collecting unemployment, yes - you have to report that income.

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# ing audit 2012-02-16 11:23
recieved notice of audit due to discrepency in wages reported compared to what employer states. This was a temporary partime job over 4 years ago working for a man who had a gardening business. Audit shows that unemployment was paid after a lay off and claim was over 2 months. Everything matched except on 3 occasions over the 2 month time in which amount reported shows 0 and employer reports earnings. The total amount of earnings for these 3 occasions is about 1000.00 befor deductions. With 10 days to respond by mail and because this is a serious allegation what is the best way to handle it. It was 4 years ago and a very stressful time with loss of caregiver then laid off and loss of benefits with first baby on the way so how do you defend yourself when datails are forgotten. If infact there is a misdeed this person will promptly pay back what is required to correct this. Is it in best interest to request proof or just claim responsibility of error and repay said amount and penalty. The seriousness of implication is scary and not one I would want hanging over my head so what do you advise that is quickest way to resolve and least damaging.
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# #audit recd 2012-09-07 06:26
#ing audit....my husband is in a very similiar situation as yourself..he also received a phone call and notice. The letter he recd from Unemployment stated he could respond within 10days before they determine if he "intentionally mislead" however we did not receive the notice until after the 10day response time!!! At this point I do not know what to do because the letter said if they did not receive a response they would basically do an investigation (which sounds like they were anyhow). So my question to you or anyone out there is have you experienced a situation like this and do you have any advice??? Obviously my husband did NOT intentionally lie or try to deceive UI. At this point we do not know what to do I suppose we should contact a lawyer for some legal advice if this does go to court. I am hoping if they determine their was in fact an overpayment that they would just make us pay back that amount plus fees and case closed because this was honest mistake! Please let me know if you have recd any additional correspondance and how your situation was resolved...? Any info or guidance is greatly appreciated!!! Thanks
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# worried 2012-09-28 22:20
Quoting #audit recd:
#ing audit....my husband is in a very similiar situation as yourself..he also received a phone call and notice. The letter he recd from Unemployment stated he could respond within 10days before they determine if he "intentionally mislead" however we did not receive the notice until after the 10day response time!!! At this point I do not know what to do because the letter said if they did not receive a response they would basically do an investigation (which sounds like they were anyhow). So my question to you or anyone out there is have you experienced a situation like this and do you have any advice??? Obviously my husband did NOT intentionally lie or try to deceive UI. At this point we do not know what to do I suppose we should contact a lawyer for some legal advice if this does go to court. I am hoping if they determine their was in fact an overpayment that they would just make us pay back that amount plus fees and case closed because this was honest mistake! Please let me know if you have recd any additional correspondance and how your situation was resolved...? Any info or guidance is greatly appreciated!!! Thanks

Can someone please follow up on what happened in this situation. The same thing has happened to my husband and I'm very worried. Thanks
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# Not Nosey 2010-10-06 15:02
Leave the dude alone unless you see him getting money in his hand you do not know if he is being paid for these services. Probably he is but you could cause a lot of problems if that is not the case. You really should mind you own business.
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# BJ 2011-09-25 09:32
Quoting Not Nosey:
Leave the dude alone unless you see him getting money in his hand you do not know if he is being paid for these services. Probably he is but you could cause a lot of problems if that is not the case. You really should mind you own business.

As taxpayers it is our business. We are the ones footing the bill!
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# Matt 2011-09-26 23:32
As a tax payer your "footing the bill" bs you have to work to get ui benifits and taxs don't pay for unemployment your employer pays for the "insurance" so direct your anger somewhere else. That unemployment never came out of your poket it was out of that mans in more ways then one....how do you know he didn't work for 20 yearfs and now he wants to enjoy an easy life like a vacagtion. And you women discused me. Its child support not your support. Maybe if you woulda kept that working man happy he'd be sleeping next to you in the same bed paying the same morgage. Let me guess you have equal rights. Then don't worry about him and equally support your kid and stop blameing others
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# kgs 2012-01-18 15:44
As an employer I can tell you every dime a claimant collects gets charged to the employers account. These charges cause the rate paid in each employees first $12000 in income to rise adding to the cost of labor for the business and leaving less funds to pay expenses. A higher rate of unemployment tax also creates a deterrent to hire more employees in the future.
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# Ed 2012-03-19 11:30
Quoting kgs:
As an employer I can tell you every dime a claimant collects gets charged to the employers account. These charges cause the rate paid in each employees first $12000 in income to rise adding to the cost of labor for the business and leaving less funds to pay expenses. A higher rate of unemployment tax also creates a deterrent to hire more employees in the future.


Well said, this is Insurance Fraud, PERIOD
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# Ed 2012-03-19 11:29
Matt is right, it is considered Insurance Fraud. Do your civic duty and report it to the state employment commission, let them figure out if insurance fraud is traking place. You never know if the person was scamming the government for 20 years.
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# Deejay Guild 2011-11-16 13:28
Worry about the 1% that don't want to pay more taxes so that low and middle income families can eat. You telling is not going to lighten your tax debt at all. Oh but you are probably in that one percent and that's why you talking that crap. When you poor and hungry you understand what people will do to survive.
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# Deejay Guild 2011-11-16 13:25
Mind your business Nora R. the economy is bad and maybe he is just trying to support his family. Now if he can't pay his mortgage and loses everything is that going to make you sleep easier at night. He's not hurting you MYOB!
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# Jim 2012-03-04 01:56
Just my two cents here, but my advice to you is to mind your own business and stay out of other people's affairs, especially since you only "over heard" a conversation without knowing all of the details. We all learn this lesson in our lives, usually by age eight. With all the nutjobs in the world today, you really wanna be the sole reason why some guy loses his benefits and whatever else? I certainly wouldn't.
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# Marc D. 2010-08-19 19:00
I am currently recieving unemployment benefits and I have also applied for Social Security Disability and should be hearing about their decision by the end of September. I am willing to try and work full time if I were to be offered a position. So is it fradulant activity to continue to apply for UI benefits while waiting? I have ben loking for a job of any kind since Jan 09 and I have had one interview in that time.
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# Site Admin 2010-08-20 08:25
Marc D.,

First, let me say that I am not an expert on Social Security Disability.

It seems you may be caught between a rock and a hard place.

In order to be eligible to receive unemployment benefits (UI), you must be able to work.

In order to receive Social Security Disability you must be have a medically certified disability that prevents you from working (At least this is my limited understanding of how SSD works).

By filing for UI and Disability at the same time, it is like you are telling two different stories. You are telling SSD that "I'm disabled and unable to work," and you are telling UI that "I'm able to work and looking for a job."

Without knowing more about your specific situation I can't say that you are committing unemployment fraud. One of the tests of whether you are indeed committing unemployment fraud is whether you "willingly and knowingly" collect unemployment benefits that you knew that you weren't eligible to receive.

Also, without knowing more about your situation, and considering I am not an expert on Social Security Disability, I don't know if you are breaking any of the rules of either of these particular programs. You should ask your UI caseworker, your SSD caseworker, and/or a Social Security Disability attorney.

I do know, however, that there are lots of conditions and exceptions to both of the UI & SSD rules which may allow you to do what you're doing now. UI & SSD cases are handled on a case-by-case basis, and everyone's case is unique.

Here is Social Security's definition of disability:

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The definition of disability under Social Security is different than other programs. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disability.

"Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work. We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:

You cannot do work that you did before;
We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

This is a strict definition of disability. Social Security program rules assume that working families have access to other resources to provide support during periods of short-term disabilities, including workers' compensation, insurance, savings and investments.

Source: www.ssa.gov/dibplan/dqualify4.htm

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Good luck, and check back in with us and post another comment here to let us know what you find out - because I'm sure there are many other people who are in the same situation and would benefit from hearing more about your situation.

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# SLM 2012-01-08 17:52
# Marc D. 2010-08-19 19:00
I am currently recieving unemployment benefits and I have also applied for Social Security Disability and should be hearing about their decision by the end of September. I am willing to try and work full time if I were to be offered a position. So is it fradulant activity to continue to apply for UI benefits while waiting? I have ben loking for a job of any kind since Jan 09 and I have had one interview in that time.

First - after a building fire which left me near dead - it took three years to go through the horrific SSD system. One must have tons of expensive tests, medical reports so on. I was vegetative, bleeding internally and other multi organ damage and it took three years! (before a judge). SSD is for those who CAN NOT work not as a back up for those unable to find work... and my 500 a month (was young) is nothing compared to the income post Masters I was expecting - 100K job already lined up!).

All looks good on paper - like most government run programs a nightmare to go through.
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# ana 2010-08-22 20:39
my landlord and i share the same mailbox, and at one point i noticed an open letter under his name from the department on employment security regarding some deposit. He is a manager at an auto shop and works full time as well as his wife. i believe he gets paid cash and is getting away with unemployment fraud. how do you suggest i go about reporting him and what is needed to do so? i know i should mind my own business but he really is a person whom is not in need of extra money, and i believe reporting him is the right thing to do.
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# Site Admin 2010-09-08 20:47
Ana,

In order to report unemployment fraud, click the link at the top of this page titled: 'How To Report Unemployment Fraud' and follow the directions there.

Again, I am not a lawyer - and I do not give legal advice, but I believe that reading other people's mail is a crime as well. You may want to check on that.

Good luck. Let us know what happens.

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# Jane 2010-12-14 03:51
Your state unemployment department needs to hear from you -- You may remain completely anonymous by filing an easy online form. There is no need to mention the mail issue, and it is not a crime to notice an already opened letter anyway. You can find accurate information on an official website (this forum is NOT an offical site -- you should find your state's official unemployment pages)
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# Just me 2010-12-28 15:36
Ana,

Although you think this man is committing a crime what you have done is even a bigger crime, federal at that. But even bigger still is the fact you are such a hypocrit. Ever heard of let he is without sin cast the first stone?
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# Mike 2011-03-25 08:26
Quoting Just me:
Ana,

Although you think this man is committing a crime what you have done is even a bigger crime, federal at that. But even bigger still is the fact you are such a hypocrit. Ever heard of let he is without sin cast the first stone?


You people are unbelievable. Who cares if your son sees his father goes to jail. Would you rather tell your son 5 years down the road and thousands of dollars later that his Dad got away with a crime for years when most likely it is way too late to prosecute and in reality his Dad is nothing more than a common criminal. Yeah what a great way to teach a child ethics and morals. Remember you picked him. You married him. Maybe you should receive a good ass chewing from the local Police Agency or your States Authority. Keep in mind that individuals that commit Unemployment Fraud are those that most likely are bilking some other entity as well. These people are self-centered and could care less about you or your child in most cases or they would not be doing it. My advice to you would have been and still remains that if you know about someone doing this report them and then get as far away from that person as fast and far as you can. There's a saying, "A bank robber always gets caught," meaning that because of greed the bank robber will continue his crime and will only stop when he is caught. These fathers are exactly like a bank robber except they have a lesser backbone. Turn him in, because I know you would hate to hear your child call you "The Criminal."
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# Talitha 2011-04-16 13:31
Hi, I actually came to this site via a link from another while conducting some research for information and such. As I began to read the postings, I could not seem to stop. Partly due to the some of the absolute ignorance of some of the context and partly from shock of both questions and answers. I usually never even take the time, in alot of cases waste the time posting on blogs and such as usally it amounts to simply individuals venting, showing their ignorance and appears that nothing is really resolved anyway. However, this is a subject that really bothers me on many levels and for good reason. It would be nice if something actually was accomplished, changed or improved for the betterment of the deserving individuals that post real issues, real concerns and genuine complaints. Unfortunately, so many do not and quite simply just need that attention even if it is negative. I am one who likes to truely help from the heart, enjoys finding good resolutions and is usually an optomist with a side of realist I guess.
Having said that... here is my .02 (2 cents). I am currently on UI myself and I abide by the regulations set for elligibility. First, I hate that I have to BE elligible or file for it to begin with. I would much rather be working and collecting a normal wage as well as benefits. The state of the economy we are all in at this time is hurtful to all American's and can not be argued against.
In my case, I was in an auto accident that was not my fault. In fact, the other party admitted fault at the scene. My vehicle was deemed a total loss, and as I could not afford the premium which included comp and collision, the car being a 1984 (27yrs old)they would not write it anyway and therefore was not covered by my ins. co. or policy. Due to the other party claiming fault, and truely was the negligent party his policy would have covered the ACV of my car. I later found out that the ACV was between $5k (worst condition) and $10k (Good but not mint). Naturally I was happy and shocked at the same time as that is not what my ins rep told me, in fact the opposite! I found this out by... yep, filing the claim with his ins co. OK, so not as bad as I thought the situation was... WRONG!! why? Because only 2 days after I filed my claim, he decides or maybe was instructed to change his story and told his ins co that "he tapped his brakes and I rear-ended him". NOT the original statement he made at the scene of "I didn't see you behind me when I went to turn to get on the right exit", not to mention that he was also "on his cell phone talking to his mother when it happened"!
To make matters worse, he repeated this several times,tomyself, to the "Road Rangers" and to my father and brother-in-law who came to the scene after I called the police 1st and then notified them. AND, I was on the way to the hospital after work where my brother was in surgery! My poor mother nearly had a heart attack at all this at the same time.
To add insult to injury, the police are REQUIRED to fill out a "long form" which has the statements of each party and only did an exchange of information form,even though I requested a report to filed with the statements... which is my right. At the time, the officer stated that it would be a few days to get it. When I called to inquire if it was completed so I could obtain a copy, I was informed there was no report only the exchange of information and there would not be one at that point. I can not use the statements of "my family" but I did take pictures that show the impact was not a "rear end" impact but a corner impact. This goes to show that he had tobe turning in order for this to happen and it was an illegal turn. He was not ticketed, moved his vehicle from a safe area into traffic almost causing another accident, changes his story and gets his vehicle repaired and goes on with his life. Meanwhile, mine is totaled, his ins co refuses to complete an appraisal or an investigation and pulls my claim after the fact all based on his word alone. even in a no-fault state, the "assumption of negligence" is NOT always the one who impcts from the rear. I am a State licensed 4-40 CSR who was working for a local, well respected agent at the time. This is absolute negligence on his part, his ins co.'s part and with absolute certinty, Ins. FRAUD!!! they still did nothing when confronted on this. I also suffered exasberation and aggrivation on an existing injury which caused me to be out of work for several weeks. My PIP covered my lost wages for that time period, however, due to my absence at work another employee was hired to get the work load completed and when I was released for work and reported to work having given my employer the notice of when I could return and had kept constant communication with them, on the very day I returned I was met by my supervisor who informed me that due to the lack of work,they had to "lay me off". The only positive thing that came from it was my ability to be elligible for UI benefits and they did not fight that. Nothing fraudulent there. but it gets even better...
I had to hire an attorney to fight the ins co, regarding the accident, whichhas still not been settled or resolved. I left without transportation and have to rely on public transportation which makes it extremely difficult in going anywhere and I have towork around this for job searching by relying on it as well as inconveniencing family and friends. 100's of people rely on this type of transportation to go to and from work. so, it does not disqualify me from UI and I am willing and able to work. Even though, it was later discovered that my injuries were effected by this incident to the point that they are beyond surgery and there is not even a trial type that I would be considered for according to the spinal surgons and the neurosurgons I have seen.
Now I am left with permanent and irreversable damage to my spinal cord, 13 ruptured discs throughout my entire spine, reversal of the curvature of the cervical spine (it is completely backwards), scolosis in the thorasic and lordosis in the lumber. Recap...C3,4,5,6,7 - T1,2,3 -L1,2,4,5,6 either herniated or ruptured, severe spinal cord impigment and narrowing to 8mm which is half the size it should be and myrid of other nerve and muscle damage. Obviously this creates a breeding gound for anxiety, depression and stress all of which I now suffer from on top of everything. I will never be able to do the same type of work due to the damage and the numbness and loss of feeling in the shoulders, arms and hands sitting at a desk working at a computer (in fact it has taken me nearly 4 hrs to do this post, so I must have something important to say!) or even be able to work in a different capacity of standing or walking for any length of time. The constant and cronic pain I live in on a daily basis, well forget it! anyone withany sense can figure that ineout! The prospects of employment look very grim, HOWEVER, I dowhat is required of me everyday, I seek, make myself able and have always been willing to obtain employment. I am a single parent to boot!
I certainly would qualify for disability, but would rather be gainfully employed! I survive at the moment on the minimum amoutof child support allowed by law from my x-husband, and the whole $600.00 I am elligible for from UI.
so I hope you will forgive me when I say, that what I have read on this blog, or flog or whatever the heck it is called absolutely discusts me to no end! Mike is correct in his comments regarding PeggyS, and anyone else who knows of any person who is knowingly committing fraud of anykind with any agency! This is exactly an example of what the results can be to another by one who does that. It happens allthe time and will continue to unless people like the "Mike's" and others stand up and actually have a backbone for people like me who literally have lost theirs!
BTW, because I get CS and collect UI, it is considered "unearned income" by the Food Stamp and DCF, therefore I now get a entire $52.00 a month to feed my family with!! rather than the $206.00 I was elligible for when I was working!! What is wrong with this picture?? When itis needed the most, you are allowed the least!? That is if you are not committing fraud to receive those benefits too!!
As far as disability, you allowed to work and make up to $1,000.00 a month while collecting SSI or SSD, sothis would indicate that one is able and willing to work would it not? The disqualificatio n of one who is collecting UI while filing for SSI or SSD would be in direct contradiction to that allowance which is governed by law I would think??? These perameters were placed for a reason, for our protection and to uphold our constitutional rights. An individual csn not survive on nothing or support a family, so allowances have been made.
I am also a cancer survivor, have ADHD whichhas been treated for many years. So all this complaining and ignorance is simply unacceptable to me. My brother, my best friend gave the Ultimate Sacrifice, his life fighting the war on terror in Iraq in 05. A Lt. col. in the Army, the highest ranking officer and highest medaled at the time to be killed so I and all of us would not have to be victims of being terrorized on our own soil by our own people. Shame on those who do so in any manner under any name! And "Admin" shame on you for your advice to not report fraud for any reason! where is your duty or honor?? what is being taught to our children of ethics, morals and honor? At least my children know by example the meaning of those. I'll be damned if I dishonor them or the life and memory of my precious loved one and others!!! And I hope this makes other people who read my story, stop and think, be thankful for what we do have and work to finding better solutions to help each other, because I was taught that is what the True meaning of being a Proud American IS.
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# PDN 2011-09-01 21:08
Talitha,if you took 4 hours out of your time to write this then you have a LOT less to do than me! I don't know how much of it I believe. I'm drawing my unemployment, working part-time (which I do report on my weekly claims) and have applied for and been approved for disability. The reason I'm on this site is to ask if the state can take my back pay for the unemployment I received. Why should I have given up my unemployment while waiting on my disability? What if they had denied me? That would have been pretty stupid of me wouldn't it? I would be starving and sitting in the dark while waiting to be evicted!! You need to apply for disability yourself. It is absolutely legal to do so. Ask the social security office. I did, and was told that unemployment has NO BEARING on disability. It does on SSI but not SSD. Although if you can type all you did, even if it really did take you 4 hours then, again, I don't know how much of it I believe. I couldn't do it. I can't even sit for 4 hours..
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# Kathy 2012-03-15 00:12
you will not have to pay it back, I just went through this process and was given back pay as well. I wanted to make sure I did everything correctly so no governement official would be knocking on my door. What you do need to do is since you recieved your award but maybe not your back pay you can no longer file for unemployement because you officially are unable to work anymore. so that would be fraud. Hope that helpsl
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# sa 2012-07-15 15:58
No you wont get it bc you have to be able to work. Applying for disability shows that you cannot physically work and also are not looking for work so the whole paragraph is stupid. How did you have a part time job when you have to be without work for a year? Another a hole cheating the system
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# Kathy 2012-03-15 00:08
I have read with great interest, your very long story. My story is so familiar to yours it is scary. However, I am on disability, I am in way to much pain from my degenerative bone desease in my back and legs that I need to take very powerful pain medications. However I did work for 38 years straight and raised 3 children on my own. But if I am faced with hardly making ends meet or getting disability why would you not do it. You can always go off the support and you get well enough to work.Just an fyi you can work and make $1000.00 but it does reduce the amount of your monthly payment. I do happen to be proud to be an american and I paid social security taxes all these years just in case I might need the support one day. When I read your letter it seems to me that you think you are better than everyone else because you are so sick but refuse financial help. And that you are a proud american because you only collect unemployement? As for child support this is totally out of control. One day pays 100 a week another 50. 00 and another is paying 150.00 . It think both parents should be raising the children together half time for each parent then no money needs to change hands. I hear so many people say well my ex used the money to pay rent or go on vacation to which I would reply does she feed your children and take them on vacation and pay the utility bills. But with that in mind Judges have got to stop giving mothers horrific amounts of money I know a guy that makes 50K a year he pays 650.00 a month for 1 child. The mother of the child does not work, she collects welfare, free rent, free utilities and free food. So why does the father get stuck with the huge payment and god for bid if he does not pay it because then he is taken to jail or given a fine. Which that really helps the situatioin. NOT. And if someone is committing fruad by all means you must report that person but before you report them you had better be sure of the facts or you could create a lot of pain and suffering for someone just because you think they are committing fraud. I was taught to always be kind and help others call me crazy but it works for me.
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# Kay 2010-08-23 16:37
Someone I know works, but due to reduction in hours gets unemployment benefits. If he works a certain amount of hours in a week (lets just say 25) he does not get unemployment benefits. What he does if he works say 25 hours is reports maybe ten of them and banks the rest with his employer. Then when he has 40 hours accumulated he receives a full paycheck from employer and does not claim unemployment for that week. Is this legal? I realize that he banks his hours up so when he gets 40 he does not get an unemployment check, but should he not report his actual hours? It seems like if he works even one hour over what he can to get unemployment benefits, he should claim that and receive just a paycheck, not a partial paycheck by claiming less hours and unemployment benefits. If the employer is willingly doing this, is it fraud by them as well? Or os there something set up so that they as an employer can legally do this and pay their employee when they want.
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# Site Admin 2010-09-08 20:49
Kay,

Something smells fishy here. I don't know of any way an employer can do this - but I could be wrong.

I'll check into it some more, and in the meantime - if anyone knows the answer - please help us out and let us know.

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# fraud hater 2011-02-23 14:50
while collecting benefits you are entitled to a specific amount weekly - for example $300. if you find a job paying less than this amount, unemployment will pay u the difference so you still get $300 weekly. you can find the explanation to this on the unemployment website. so if he gets more than the $300 unemployment will not send him a check. hope that makes sense. i called when I found a part time job and this is what unemployment explained.
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# Mike 2011-03-25 08:44
Quoting Kay:
Someone I know works, but due to reduction in hours gets unemployment benefits. If he works a certain amount of hours in a week (lets just say 25) he does not get unemployment benefits. What he does if he works say 25 hours is reports maybe ten of them and banks the rest with his employer. Then when he has 40 hours accumulated he receives a full paycheck from employer and does not claim unemployment for that week. Is this legal? I realize that he banks his hours up so when he gets 40 he does not get an unemployment check, but should he not report his actual hours? It seems like if he works even one hour over what he can to get unemployment benefits, he should claim that and receive just a paycheck, not a partial paycheck by claiming less hours and unemployment benefits. If the employer is willingly doing this, is it fraud by them as well? Or os there something set up so that they as an employer can legally do this and pay their employee when they want.


The employer should be arrested, fined and put in jail. Case closed.
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# Cindy 2010-08-24 11:17
I have been renting out a basement apt from a friend of mine for the last couple of months. She was laid off and need the extra income to help pay the mortgage. She is collecting unemployment. I think she is being fraudulent with her benefits. She refused to sign a lease showing I was renting out her basement and always insisted I pay in cash. I told her I was moving out to get a place closer to work. She has been showing the place to rent,and recently just kicked me out because I was not packed and ready to move. ( I still have 2 weeks left in the month.) Because there was no lease, I have had to call law enforcement to help me. Do I have proper grounds to report her for fraud on her unemployment benefits? Her boyfriend lives there and gives her about $2000 a month and she makes her 18 year old daughter pay rent as well.
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# Site Admin 2010-09-08 20:53
Cindy,

I'm sorry to hear that - it sounds like you're in a bad situation.

I'm not sure if that is fraud or not. I've never encountered a case to know how rental income is treated.

I'll check on this and get back to you. In the meantime - I wish you the best of luck with your situation. As a renter, lease or no lease - you have certain rights, and can't just be kicked out on the street like that.

You should do a Google search for 'renters rights' and look at some of the top results, depending on what state you're in, for more info.

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# Carlos s. 2010-08-24 20:51
what will it happen when claiming unemployment benefits and earning less than minimun wage forgot to report the earnings when collecting unemployment and now the unemployment agency are questioning me ?
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# Site Admin 2010-09-08 20:55
Carlos,

I'm not sure I understand the question. It sounds like you may have forgotten to report some of your income - in which case you can report that income - and it may just reduce future unemployment payment amounts. If you are at the end of your benefits, you may have to pay some of them back.

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# bruce 2010-08-25 14:15
my employer hired a family member and paid this family member by personal check for almost 6 months. it was later discoverd that this family member was drawing full unemployment benifits. she was put on the payroll six months after she was original hired cause her unemployment benifits ran out. this is my employer so if i report it they could fire me and i need my job. this is wrong for employer and family member to do to the system. what should i do im between rock and hard place
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# Site Admin 2010-09-08 20:57
Bruce,

It stinks to find out things like this, but my advice to you is to not rock the boat, and don't report them - so you can keep your job. What is more important to you - reporting them, or keeping your job and being able to support yourself and your family.

Or - you could find a new job, then report them.

Or - you could see if there is a way to anonymously report them in your state.

You are definitely stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Good luck. Let us know what happens.

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# Aniello C. 2010-08-27 13:20
I also posted this to the forum and have had a couple of comments. The job situation in my field continues to be dead. After months of trying to find employment in my field, I've decided to do some consulting on my own. The unemployment handbook information is not really clear on how to handle this. I know that all income must be reported and of course I intend to do so. The UI claim form says to report all income earned even though you haven't yet been paid for it. However, my consulting compensation will be in lump sum consulting fees that are not based on an hourly rate of pay. I would be paid only upon approval of contracted deliverables, so the fees are not "earned" until work is complete and accepted by the client (whether I put in 10 hours or 100 hours on a task, the compensation will be the same). I have no hourly rate and will not be "employed" by any company (as an employee). I would conceivably have spikes in income that will greatly exceed my weekly UI amount, followed by weeks of no income. It is conceivable that payment would not be made for weeks or months after the actual hands-on work is completed. Perhaps people who work on commission have the same problem.
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# Pamela S 2011-05-17 20:36
Hello, I have the same problem. I have made several calls and either had been unable to reach the UI Dept, but either I can't get through or they do not return messages. I desperately need the answer to this question before I take a job that has beehn offered to me.
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# Jeff 2010-08-27 17:10
How can a resident from another country sign up for unemployment the day after arrival and receive a monthly check? I'm thinking the only way is for him to use a fake name and if that's the case, how do I report and who do I report to?
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# Site Admin 2010-09-08 20:59
Jeff,

Maybe they had a work visa, and were working in a foreign country, but for a U.S. company. Seems unlikely - but possible.

Click on the link above called 'How To Report Unemployment Fraud' for instructions on how to report this.

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# Mike 2011-03-25 08:57
Quoting Aniello C.:
I also posted this to the forum and have had a couple of comments. The job situation in my field continues to be dead. After months of trying to find employment in my field, I've decided to do some consulting on my own. The unemployment handbook information is not really clear on how to handle this. I know that all income must be reported and of course I intend to do so. The UI claim form says to report all income earned even though you haven't yet been paid for it. However, my consulting compensation will be in lump sum consulting fees that are not based on an hourly rate of pay. I would be paid only upon approval of contracted deliverables, so the fees are not "earned" until work is complete and accepted by the client (whether I put in 10 hours or 100 hours on a task, the compensation will be the same). I have no hourly rate and will not be "employed" by any company (as an employee). I would conceivably have spikes in income that will greatly exceed my weekly UI amount, followed by weeks of no income. It is conceivable that payment would not be made for weeks or months after the actual hands-on work is completed. Perhaps people who work on commission have the same problem.


Maybe you should change you pay structure to hourly compensation which would equal your lump sum charge, unless you're not in need of the money and don't mind waiting.Quoting Jeff:
How can a resident from another country sign up for unemployment the day after arrival and receive a monthly check? I'm thinking the only way is for him to use a fake name and if that's the case, how do I report and who do I report to?


It's a know fact that many Unemployment offices have "insiders" that work for the State and have figured out how to work the system at paperwork within their own office and department. They have first hand availability to forms and information and always get a cut of the illegal money collected by the applicant. Who ever suspects the employee. It's rare but still happens.
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# Dave 2010-08-31 08:11
Is it considered fraud if a person gets unemployment benefits and gets large sums of money like in the $10.000's from dead relatives houses and not report it.and also not looking for a job.what's the penalty(s).
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# wendy 2010-09-01 09:06
if someone goes out of the country for three months on vacation while collecting unemployment is that considered fraud?
he went to thailland twice in two years once for three months and once for 5 weeks to visit his girlfriend living there after fleeing the country on a warrant
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# Site Admin 2010-09-08 21:02
Wendy,

In order to collect unemployment you have to be actively looking for work, and able to work. If you are in Thailand, it seems like it'd be pretty hard to look for a job, or take a job in the U.S.

Whether this is fraud or not - that is up to the authorities. Either way, it sounds pretty shady.

Maybe they weren't collecting benefits while they were out of the country?

Let us know what you find out.

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# Heather 2010-09-01 09:08
My former employer used me as a witness in someone's unemployment hearing without asking me. They gave my name and spelled it to the judge. fortunately I was not asked to speak. The biggest problem with that is, I was not even working for the employer at the time that this person was terminated. They should be able to look at my start date compared to his termination date and see that i wasn't employed there at that time. Now my former employer is using current employee as false witnesses against me. Would this be considered unemployment insurance fraud against them. Also, do you think that the court would be able to find the dates of my hire and his firing and also the where my name was given at his appeal hearing? Finally do you think I should report this? Thank You.
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# tpayne 2010-09-02 09:22
Ok I drew unemployment while working like 3 weeks temporarily I made a mistake I was laid off it was temp I need my unemployment bad I need help
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# tpayne 2010-09-02 09:23
I am in a bad situation help
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# Steve 2010-09-02 15:17
Is it acceptable for a person to draw unemployment benefits and attend school full time under the veterans administration vocational rehabilitation program.
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# ALi 2010-09-03 11:53
I am unemployed in PA. I recently got a job. Three days into the job I became acutely ill went to the ER. My husband called the wrong place(old Employer). I had 3 messages form my new employer. I then receiced a letter form them that I was a no call no show. I called left a message concerning the matter. I then received a letter form them stating that I was a no call noo show and that I was not eligible for rehire. What they did was turn me in. They stated that I quit. I did not quit. I sent in all the required papers to the unemployment office including the MD excuse. I was released on light duty time one week than full duty. I did not quit. The entire matter was a huge misunderstandin g. What do you think my rights are? Will I lose my unemployment benefits.
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# Bonnie 2010-09-04 12:26
can i collect unemployment now that im starting social secerity
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# Nicole 2010-09-04 12:51
I unintentionally received unemployment benefits and was overpayed. If I repay the money I was overpayed can I still be prosecuted?
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# amanda 2011-05-26 06:14
nicole did you ever get an answer to your question. i have the same question but i received a threatening letter from uia about all the penalties for fraud and 10 days to give a reason to show/tell/explain why i collected unemployment while i was reported from employer as working. i am freaked out as a single mom and was out of work for 18 of 24 months. i need to call a lawyer asap to prevent me from additional fee, penalities including possible jail. i am facing this now, so since your question came many months ago, what happen in your case? did you get letter or did you just figure it out on your own. a big difference in how to handle. my reason was due to being on a probationary 6 month period in which i had to pass as a good worker in order to be kept as an employee. i only did for 90 days the norm for new employement but this company had 6 months. I too want to repay the overpayment but not have any other penalities, fines or jail or probation or unable to collect in future (esp since i am a single mom and dont trust any job is secure, no matter how good of worker you are) happen to me because i was always in fear i would be let go at anytime during that period as it had happen 2x before. one after 10 days of work and one after 90 days. i am deeply concerned they will not accept any logic in my thinking for receiving over payment. so i ask you what was the outcome and was your sitution due to you realizing the mistake or you receiving a letter of your mistake. i am trying to find case law and stories before i send my answer in and again i ony have 10 days to repond. if you or anyone can give more details to this similar situation please submit your comments. thank you.
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# Jane 2010-09-07 22:31
I recently left my boyfriend because he is an alcoholic. I met him after he was laid off from a job, and he has been collecting unemployment the whole time. He sometimes works off the books, and he spends all his unemployment money (after rent) on booze, pot, adderall, and cigarettes. He also has a warrant out for his arrest for not paying a drinking in public ticket. I don't want to get him arrested, but I also think he is abusing the program. In turn, it is enabling him to live this drug and alcohol dependent life. Does anyone know what happens to people who abuse the system in this way? I just want them to stop giving him money so he will hit his rock bottom and hopefully want recovery. Please advise, thank you!
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# daniel 2010-09-08 05:05
Hello I am very scared. I am 22. I have been collecting unemployment (partial) for 3 months now. I make 221 a week at my job and get a $52.00 unemployment check weekly. I was facing eviction and hefty school payments so I lied to the telebenefits line so I could collect the full 221.00 and my 221 from my job. I did this about 4 or 5 times. I am really scared of the consequences. I am not a criminal and never have been arrested and feel DIRTY :( I was in a tough situation and still am (facing eviction) I know they have found out because I haven't received a check since august 14th this year. What can I do? What potential consequences am I facing? Is there anything I can or should do? I am really scared. Thanks for your help and time in advance.

Daniel.
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# daniel 2010-09-08 05:09
Hello I am 22 and scared. I have been collecting partial unemployment for 3 months now. I make 221 a week at my job and receive 52.00 UI. I was facing eviction and had hefty school payments and lied to the DOL so I could get the full 221 plus my 221 fro my job. I did this about 4 or 5 times. I am not a criminal and never have been arrested but I feel DIRTY. Is there anything I can do? What possible consequences am I facing? I am so scared.
Thank you for your help.

Daniel
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# Site Admin 2010-09-08 21:12
Daniel,

I know you feel/felt like you're between a rock and a hard place.

From your explanation, I'm not sure I follow you totally - but I would suggest that you stop filing your weekly certification for unemployment if you are not eligible for it.

Were you collecting an official employee paycheck? Your unemployment agency may catch onto it after a while, or the computers may catch it - and flag you for an audit. You may be required to repay that money that you collected when you weren't eligible to.

I know you don't have money for a lawyer, but that is the best source for you to get legal advice - I cannot give you legal advice because I am not qualified to.

My non-legal opinion is that you should:

1. Not worry yourself to death about this.
2. Contact your local Legal Aid Society to find a free (also know as Pro Bono) lawyer that you can talk to about this situation.
3. Not file your weekly certification for unemployment if you are not eligible.
4. Try to talk to an unemployment counselor in your state, BUT DON'T GIVE THEM YOUR NAME OR PERSONAL INFO - and explain your situation to them - and find out how to fix it. Make sure you call them from a public phone (not your phone).
5. Start saving to pay them back. Even if it is only $5.00 per week.

Good luck Daniel. Let us know what happens.

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# Just Wondering 2010-09-09 00:36
I am pregnant and myjob requires me to stop working at 28 weeks. I plan on applying for unemployment. With my job I have also paid into short term and long term disability. After awhile, this will kick in also. My question is can I get both? I know other coworkers who have and nothing happened.
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# tanesha a. 2010-09-10 21:47
i need help, i have been commiting unemployment fraud for 5 months. i knew it was wrong but i was really in need of the money and struggling. i think i have been audited and they have figured out that i was working full time. i know i made my bed and now have to lie in it but i just what to know what i am facing, what i am up against. can i possibly go to jail? i have 5 kids, i made a really bad choice.
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# deanna 2010-09-12 17:31
someone i know is very worried and scared that they will go to jail. they are trying to get unemployment benefits, but needed a doctors note. the doctor wrote the note, but unemployment said it wasnt specific enough. after two doctors notes, the doctor would not write anymore, so this person added the specifics to the note and sent it to unemployment. now they want some report from the doctor. are they in trouble for doing this? they would never do this under normal circumstances, but they are losing their home and have no money, and under duress, made a mistake. they havent recieved any money from unemployment yet. is there a way to close the case and maybe start over completely honest?
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# Kevin H. 2010-09-15 13:45
Im currently receiving UI, but have started selling stuff online, how can i report what is actually a profit? that is, im buying items to resell...
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# Louis F. 2010-09-15 13:47
I have a partnership in a business that's not doing to well... i havent drawn any monthly checks as a partner, and im receiving unemployement benefits, how can i disclose this without getting in trouble?
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# Scott 2010-09-16 17:22
If you have a part time job and report it. Will the unemployment office do a job/wage verification, or any kind of verification in general, with your part time employer? They do not know i have lost my full time job and I don't want them to know. Kind of embarrassed.
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# Pearl 2010-09-17 08:09
If you know someone that has been filling to receive unemployment benefits but has been working for the past few months would that be considered fraud?
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# NicK 2010-09-17 14:50
Hey gotta question. I was laid of in November 09 and started collecting UE benefits shortly after. I was hired part time in february 2010. In August I got a message for a Continued Week? I filled out the information they requested then last week I got a phone call telling me to call them. So I called and waited on the line for over an hour and spoke with a lady. She stated they had contacted my employer and stated they for the past 3 months I didn't qualify for UE benefits because I made over the gross amount. She stated I filed different amounts that did not match my employers wages provided. I was filing my take home amounts and not my gross. Sje stated that I was fraudulent and I was going to be reported.

She then stated I would get a packet in the mail asking me to state what happened. she said I could be asked to pay back the differences or total amount I was paid. She then said or it could be worse!

I'm completely freaked out. I don't know what to do? What usually happens in these occurrences? Its not like I was attempting to scam them, I didn't realize what I did until it was brought to my attention. I work in a field which combats this activity so I don't know what to do. Any advise helps!
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# vincent t. 2010-09-17 16:29
An old roomate of mine who has not lived here at my permanent address for over 6 months is still using my permanent address here in Washington state. (Seattle) He has been living in San Francisco for 6 months. All his mail comes here and I ship it to him. Is this illegal? He just told me he doesn't want them to know he lives in CA.
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# Mike 2011-03-25 09:06
Quoting vincent t.:
An old roomate of mine who has not lived here at my permanent address for over 6 months is still using my permanent address here in Washington state. (Seattle) He has been living in San Francisco for 6 months. All his mail comes here and I ship it to him. Is this illegal? He just told me he doesn't want them to know he lives in CA.


You old roommate is trying to keep one step ahead of Washington State. He's committing a crime plain and simple. Find a new ex roomie.
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# L 2010-09-20 14:02
What's the status with going to college full time and collecting unemployment?
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# David 2010-09-21 18:44
I was laid off from my RN job for the state and my question is this: If I am offered a job for considerable less money in a nursing field that I have had no previous experience in and do not feel comfortable working in because it is not an area I have any interest in, then do I have to take this job? And if I do not accept the position is this fraud?
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# erika 2010-09-27 08:36
I am on unemployment and get 195 a week and work one day a week at a factory because that is all the work they have for me. I make 100 for that day. What if i wanted to quit that part time job. I mean basically i am working for no more money and i could put that extra day and time into looking for full time work. Can you turn down a one day a week job without getting your benefits taken away from you?
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# Anne 2010-09-27 22:45
My ex-husband collects unemployment currently despite never looking for work. He changed his residency to a different state (Kentucky) recently but still collects unemployment from the state used to work for (Alabama). So, he's getting money from Alabama even though he is a resident of Kentucky. Is this illegal ?
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# notsure 2011-08-19 07:49
no, that's legit. he'd have to collect from the state in which he had worked anyway, and it's ok to move:
http://www.ehow.com/how_5005765_unemployment-move-another-state.html
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# Jack 2010-09-28 01:30
A coworker is saying he is getting unemployment from his last job. Meanwhile he is working 6 days a week as an "independant contractor". The owner of the business has acknowledged his IC status. Is this unemployment fraud?

Jack from Hawaii
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# chris 2010-09-28 07:44
is it ok to live in one state but collect from another state????
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# notsure 2011-08-19 07:49
yes, every state participates in the federal Interstate Benefit Payment Plan

http://www.ehow.com/how_5005765_unemployment-move-another-state.html
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# Jeff 2010-09-28 13:02
I was laid off awhile ago and I have decided to return to school. I received money from tuition disbursements (from a loan, which is not considered income)along with UC benefits. I have been keeping an extensive work search contact list. Is this fraudulent?
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# Nancy 2010-09-30 20:34
I was talking to a person at the unemployment office in Missouri. She was telling me that in some situations, if you work part time in the evenings or weekends, that it wouldn't count against your unemployment. Basically as long as you are still looking for a job, and available for interviews - which generally are Mon-Fri, 8-5 - anything outside of that time frame would just be additional to your regular UE. Is this correct?
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# Walley 2010-10-03 07:28
How do I go about reporting someone who is collecting unemployment benefits from KY. and living and WORKING in Ohio?
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# notsure 2011-08-19 07:51
be wary. every state participates in the federal Interstate Benefit Payment Plan so it's ok to collect from one state while living in another. are you sure they are working full time and/or not claiming their earnings to UI? just make sure you're sure of their situation...
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# Chuck 2010-10-05 21:46
Ok, my wife is the head housekeeper at a hotel. One of her employees stole checks from a guest's room, filled them out, and had her husband try to deposit them at their local bank. Needless to say the employee was fired. She now is receiving unemployment benefits even after the hotel manager explained the reason she was terminated to the unemployment office. How is it possible that she deserves benefits? Can this be reported as some type of fraud? This just encourags me to quit my job, hop on the Obama wagon, and mabye steal enough to keep my cable tv and iphone.
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# notsure 2011-08-19 07:52
sounds weird. usually if you are terminated for cause (like stealing) you won't be entitled. maybe the employer also lied to let her receive benefits. not sure how a third party would get that across tho.
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# CoCo 2010-10-06 16:49
I have been receiving unemployment since 1/2010 and is currently receiving extension in Kentucky. I started substitute fill in position last week that pays $7.00 per hr less than I was making for two days a week that is 40 miles away from my home. I haven't received pay for the two days that I worked; would like to know if I quit the position and don't report the two days that I worked to the unemployment office can I lose my unemployment/ how will the unemployment office know that I worked those two days? I realized that I can not benefit from the two days driving 40 miles and making $7 less and it is not a permanent part-time position.
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# Jeff 2010-10-07 00:55
If an employer claims zero and has you work as needed during a slow time without paying you so you could collect full benifits did they commit fraud and as an employee can you get in trouble for going along with it if they try to pay you later?
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# Jack 2010-10-09 09:39
I know someone who collects unemployment yet he works as an independant contractor 5-6 days a week.

Is this legal?


Jack from Hawaii
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# Alex 2010-10-13 18:22
I have a question, I am down in Mexico collecting unemployment and I still looking for a job and available due I am not far from the border, am I doing something wrong, I just think would be better to stay with relatives while looking for a job to save money, Thanks
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# lynne 2010-10-13 18:29
I am on a furlough from my job and able to collect unemployment. I was also working part time and than they part time company stopped calling me to sub. after a couple of months of inactivity payroll said that I had voluntarily quit resulting in a fraud determination by the referee which seems so unfair. I was only working there one hour per week and I did not quit. does this seem right?
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# Dina 2010-10-14 19:49
This is my situation. I was laid off Oct. 2008 and filed unemployment. I found a job March of 2010. EDD mailed me a form saying that I am entitled for a fed-ed extension. Even if I am working full time I collected unemployment until the extension was exhausted. I just realized what I have done. I would like to make a payment settlement with EDD for the funds that I collected but I am scared to contact them. Will they find out about this (i know they will) how long?
What is the best thing for me to do?
Please help.
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# Lorraine F. 2010-12-06 14:58
Did you find an answer for this?
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# Marcel 2010-10-15 14:49
I was laid off from my full time job and offered a part time job from the same employer. There was a period where my hours were cut in half prior to my filing for unemployment. During this time, I worked for another employer(Part time). I purchased some materials and gas during this time. The new job didn't work out, but I was still owed reimbursement. I kept in touch with this employer in the hopes that he would find a permanent position for me. He asked me for help with a few things, and I helped him free of charge in an effort to prove myself. At one point, he gave me a check for the materials and fuel. I never considered this to be income. Now,months after this relationship ended, my original employer discovered this. If he reports this, am I in trouble?
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# Erik Anderson 2010-10-22 12:34
I made a mistake and didnt even know it. There was a question that says did you work or earn holiday or vacation in the last week? And i said no because i was thinking well i didnt earn holiday or vacation. But it so happens that its talking about regular working in that question. And i thought the first question was did you work, and i said yes. Now the fraud dept. is going to be getting a hold of me and im really worried. What am i to do?
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# Site Admin 2010-10-22 12:59
Erik,

I'm not sure I understand.

If you answered yes to the question about working - it should have asked you how much you worked, or how much you made while working. Did you fill that out?

You're not going to get in trouble for making an honest mistake on your weekly certification. If the fraud dept. or someone else from the unemployment agency contacts you - just explain your mistake.

If you want to be proactive about it - you can always call your unemployment counselor or caseworker and explain it to them. If you have their email - contact them that way because it'll be really tough to get through on the phone.

I hope this helps. Let us know what happens.

Site Admin
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# Jack 2010-10-22 16:52
You are very helpful. Can you help me?

I know someone who collects unemployment yet he works as an independant contractor 5-6 days a week.

Is this legal in Hawaii?


Jack
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# Site Admin 2010-10-22 17:03
Jack,

I'm not sure about the law in Hawaii - I'll have to check that. Also, I'm not an attorney, so I'm not going to give legal advice.

In general terms, if someone was working 5-6 days a week as an independent contractor, and not reporting this to the unemployment agency - I would say that this person is breaking the rules and perhaps even breaking the law.

It is not illegal to work while collecting unemployment as long as you tell the unemployment agency that you are doing so. Lots of independent contractor jobs are temporary.

I hope this helps.

Site Admin
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# Natasha, 2010-10-26 10:07
My previous employer as appealed my award of benefits, in his appeal he has somehow copied my signature and applied it documents that I have never signed and that look negative against me. He has also included false write-up slips and he is saying that I refused to sign them, and because of that refusal that I was an uncooperative employee.
I don't know how to approach the situation, any suggestions?? If it helps I live in Colorado.
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# employer in CT 2010-10-27 15:25
I know this is used more for the employee but we have issues as an employer that its not fair. there are ppl out in the world that really want jobs. we have a situation were the employee claimed she quit due to being a victim of domestic violence when infact we have proof from the courts that she was the one who was causing it. she won the unemplyment claim. we offered her a different job full time more flexable and refused it at the hearing and she still won. why is the system so much more in their favor than looking at all the facts??
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# Diane 2010-10-27 18:36
If someone is collecting unemployment and they gamble,do they have to report their winnings to unemployment?

thanks!
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# Diane 2010-10-27 18:38
If someone is collecting unemployment benefits and they are a gambler,do they have to report their winnings to unemployment?

thanks
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# shayla 2010-10-29 10:02
What if you work for the union collect benefits of all kinds but live abroad when there is no work and have someone send you the money?? Nd sell your food stamps and ur ssi payments???
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# Megan 2010-10-29 12:19
I have this friend who is working for cash and drawing unemployment and has been for 6 months now. She hasn't looked for any other jobs either. I think that is BS. What should I do.
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# notsure 2011-08-19 07:55
even if it's maddening, how would you prove this? i could imagine everyone accusing everyone of not really trying.
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# Jim 2010-10-31 12:16
can a person receive unemployment benefits if under investigation?
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# CME 2010-10-31 19:50
I heard the other day that people receiving NJ unemployment insurance benefits are allowed to make a certain amount of work earnings, in addition to their unemployment benefits, without losing any money from their UI benefit amount. I searched but was unable to find anything to clarify this. Is this correct? Is there a link to this information?
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# Aaron 2010-11-07 15:42
My cousin has been working in another state but still collects uc in the state that he lives in. Will he get caught and imprissoned
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# notsure 2011-08-19 07:56
every state participates in the federal Interstate Benefit Payment Plan

as long as he's reported his current address and all income, etc. he is not committing any crime as per my understanding.
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# curious 2010-11-10 20:40
I have just learned one of my family members is being audited by not only her job but the government as well. She filed for reduced hours through unemployment back in july and she mentioned only the required and not some of the extra hours she worked. My question is what are some of the consequences she could possibly be dealing with or be expecting?
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# NORM 2010-11-11 23:32
I AM AWARE OF SOMEONE RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT FROM A STATE HE NO LONGER RESIDES IN. HE MOVED TO ANOTHER STATE TO GET FREE MEDICAL CARE. ILLEGALE?
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# tirtzah 2011-10-31 11:58
Quoting NORM:
I AM AWARE OF SOMEONE RECEIVING UNEMPLOYMENT FROM A STATE HE NO LONGER RESIDES IN. HE MOVED TO ANOTHER STATE TO GET FREE MEDICAL CARE. ILLEGALE?

Hi NORM: i AM DISABLED DO TO A SEVERE BACK INJURY, & HAVE NO HEALTH INS. WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHICH "STATE" (IN THE USA) PROVIDES "FREE MEDICAL CARE"? (I NEED TO MOVE TO THAT STATE).
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# margarita 2010-11-12 16:10
is posible get unemployment for two yearsbu t this person is living in mexico and somebady do the claim for him.
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# Keith 2010-11-12 21:04
I was wondering, my ex was collecting full unemployment benefits here in California, and was working for someone, and this someone was paying for some/all of their bills like rent, utilities, etc etc. Is this considered income and is it considered to be unemployment fraud. If so, how is this proven?
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# bhondu 2010-11-15 11:38
i have a friend who claims unemployment income benefit and travels to middle east to take care of his business there. Is that considered fraud?
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# MELISSA N 2010-11-15 17:04
HOW WOULD I GO ABOUT REPORTING THAT SOMEONE IS STEALING AND CASHING MY CHECKS.
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# john 2010-11-19 00:32
hello,
i sold some stocks this year while i was receiving benefits. some were stocks which i had owned years before i filed for unemployment. i never reported this because i figured i wasn't officially "working", just selling something i owned. is this considered fraud? i am no longer receiving benefits, should i call and report this anyway?
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# Lisa 2010-11-19 11:08
My ex is cheating the UIA system. He got a full-time, good paying job 1-1/2 months ago but is still collecting unemployment. I read online what the penalties for this would be, and I told him. He doesn't care and is continuing to "double dip." We have 2 children who would be heartbroken if their dad went to jail. My questions: 1. how long will it take for UIA to catch him at this fraud, and HOW do they catch him? 2. Is UIA fraud considered a misdemeanor or a felony? Currently, he has received around $2,100 in fraudulant UIA benefits. Thanks for your help!
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# Heather 2010-11-27 11:12
I have a friend who just got caught unemployment fraud they has reasons but knows they was wrong and wants to make things right would they be better off contacting the state and setting up payments or would they look even more guilty. Will they avoid charges if they do this and pay the money back
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# Gladys 2010-11-30 11:11
i have been training and paying a minimal amount for an employee receiving unemployment. I have receivd a letter asking if sh is working for me. I am intrested in hiring her how can I report this?
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# Ben 2010-11-30 21:05
I work for a non union company. My employer has a one week shutdown at Christmas. I have one weeks vacation to use for that purpose. Another person I work with is taking off the whole week as lack of work so they can file for unemployment. I was told today that I couldnt use my week vacation for shutdown and had to work. I guesss my question is Would it be fraud if this person is allowed to take the week off and make me work and take it a different time. Would they not be refusing work. Thank you very much.
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# Greg 2010-11-30 21:12
I know someone that has opened a restaurant in July but has been receiving unemployment benefits is this legal and what kind of trouble will he be in?
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# Michael 2010-12-01 12:42
I am totally against unemployment benefit extension, I have a 24 year old who does not look for ajob but looks onmly for his umemployment check of 1700 per month. he does not look for a job wont even consider part time or any form of work. he was a union employee but never paid his dues and was let go for unsatisfactory job and attendance related issues. Is this not fraud of just soaking up uemployment benefits, and risking others who truly need the benefit. How does the system a 24year old allow him to keep receiving 1700 a month? He is the reason and manny other like him soaking up the benefit and it should be against the law allowing a young man to saok the system. I believe flipping burgers or doing something is better then remaining home at no expense and waiting for his unemployment check to come in the mail. Must be nice the system lets him and others abuse the system and the system allows it to happen. How do you report that?

Regards,
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# Jane 2010-12-14 04:04
It's easy, and you can even remain completely anonymous: You go to your state's official unemployment site (will end in .gov instead of .com), and search for the form to file a suspicion of fraud claim. Good luck, and thank you for being conscientious :)
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# notsure 2011-08-19 08:00
and how would you prove fraud here? just by saying he's a loafer won't cut it. don't you think they have better things to do than investigate every parent's claim that their kid is lazy?
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# Mike 2011-03-25 12:59
Quoting Michael:
I am totally against unemployment benefit extension, I have a 24 year old who does not look for ajob but looks onmly for his umemployment check of 1700 per month. he does not look for a job wont even consider part time or any form of work. he was a union employee but never paid his dues and was let go for unsatisfactory job and attendance related issues. Is this not fraud of just soaking up uemployment benefits, and risking others who truly need the benefit. How does the system a 24year old allow him to keep receiving 1700 a month? He is the reason and manny other like him soaking up the benefit and it should be against the law allowing a young man to saok the system. I believe flipping burgers or doing something is better then remaining home at no expense and waiting for his unemployment check to come in the mail. Must be nice the system lets him and others abuse the system and the system allows it to happen. How do you report that?

Regards,


Why not try being a PARENT and after explaining to him/ her why he/she shouldn't be doing such a thing, kick him or her out of your house. Trust me after a few weeks of wandering around with no TV, phone, and no bed, they will be looking for a job faster than you can say "No unemployment check."
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# notsure 2011-08-19 07:59
good luck... how many other people do you think are doing this now? what constitutes "actively looking for employment". i'd go about it another way: kick him out and then he'll have to get a real job since UI hardly covers living expenses.
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# jeff 2010-12-01 13:00
is it ok to collect unemployment and attend college full time if i do not apply for financial aid and I pay the tuition out of my own pocket?
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# coco p 2010-12-01 18:10
How would I do this,cause I'm trying to do this for my sister that don't have internet service.Her name is Shirley W?We were there on Wed.Dec.1,2010.I am trying to get her benfits started.
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# Joey 2010-12-03 01:19
I quit a job due too lack of transportation and didnt claim it to unemployment until after i quit so now they are saying fraud and want ten thousand dollars from me. I dont have that money and it sayinf federal prosecution so what should i do?
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# not fair too others 2010-12-05 22:59
hi i know this lady tht has been collecting benefits for over 1 1/2 year.she has her neice calling for her every week and she been leaving abroad for about a good year. i think this unfair too others. Doesnt unemployment audit claim too verifed that this people are in the country and are actively looking for work and ask for proof off application of job search?????
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# notsure 2011-08-19 08:02
i'm pretty sure they don't do this consistently but it's illegal as per my understanding. but try proving they are abroad as they probably have an address here in the US. you could call the fraud line and ask about this kind of scenario and see what they say.
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# ashley 2010-12-06 20:40
I know someone collecting unemployment and they lie about looking for a job or atleast taking job offers. but mostly, they just simply go to the unemployment office when they need to to certify that they are trying to pursure a job,but really they dont ever look they just put employers names down and never actually really apply, and like i said if they do, they will not take a job, and take advantage of the unemployment. my other question is, how are they allowed to even get unemploymeny in the first place because they got fired from their job for failing a drug test?
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# ken j 2010-12-11 16:18
what will happen if i didn't report wages when i file unemployment i didn't know i was suppose to will i have to pay anything back a will i lose my job
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# Jane 2010-12-14 03:09
This entire site (unemploymentha ndbook.com) seems like an attempt to DISCOURAGE the reporting of unemployment fraud. I consider the repeated statements of warning about being 100% certain before reporting to be MISINFORMATION. Official unemployment agency sites ENCOURAGE REPORTING SUSPICION OF FRAUD, AND GUARANTEE ANONYMITY. Here is a quotation from California's unemployment department: "If you think someone is committing fraud against one of EDD's programs, it is important that you let us know about it. All allegations of fraud are taken seriously, and you can remain anonymous". In a previous post, the moderator of this site made morally-motivated suggestions about "focusing on the positive" and "helping people" rather than focusing on reporting "friends or neighbors." In fact, focusing on a well-run society is true compassion and wisdom -- Turning a blind eye to criminals is only exacerbating the serious problem of social welfare fraud.
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# Elias 2010-12-21 21:33
Hello,
I've been fighting for my unemployment benefits since Dec. Of 2008,
After almost a full year of my past employer lying and giving false information, they made an awful mistake, and the judge ruled in my favor, I was awarded unemployment, including back pay.. But, what about all my hard work?, what about everything I lost, including car, home and credit?!!!, and after everything they lied about, (keep in mind!, they swore to be honest in court!!) they weren't even fined under perjury!!!, or even fined for hiring illegal immigrants. Up to this date I'm still going to court and trying to prove that I'm a good person who was wronged by a bunch of penny pinchers. I feel like even tho Im able to have unemployment now, I should be entitled to some sort of compensation on their behalf, unemployment gave me a small amout of what I lost, but my credit and work history is awful, I'm in collections and can't get a job because my past employer is talking badly about me, I even received calls to my house from the manager saying, "How can you bite the hand that fed you?!", I earned every penny with hard work and dedication!!, it's an insult really!, if you can give me any pointers, or even point me in the right direction, I sure would appreciate it. Thank you.
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# Mike 2011-03-25 13:22
Quoting Elias:
Hello,
I've been fighting for my unemployment benefits since Dec. Of 2008,
After almost a full year of my past employer lying and giving false information, they made an awful mistake, and the judge ruled in my favor, I was awarded unemployment, including back pay.. But, what about all my hard work?, what about everything I lost, including car, home and credit?!!!, and after everything they lied about, (keep in mind!, they swore to be honest in court!!) they weren't even fined under perjury!!!, or even fined for hiring illegal immigrants. Up to this date I'm still going to court and trying to prove that I'm a good person who was wronged by a bunch of penny pinchers. I feel like even tho Im able to have unemployment now, I should be entitled to some sort of compensation on their behalf, unemployment gave me a small amout of what I lost, but my credit and work history is awful, I'm in collections and can't get a job because my past employer is talking badly about me, I even received calls to my house from the manager saying, "How can you bite the hand that fed you?!", I earned every penny with hard work and dedication!!, it's an insult really!, if you can give me any pointers, or even point me in the right direction, I sure would appreciate it. Thank you.


I know what you your up against because the same thing happened to me but on a small level. Theres a couple ways to approach it. One is to collect your unemployment check and just go about your daily life until it runs out, making sure that you are in search of a new job. When these dishonest employers lie like you have described, they show how corrupt they are and the chances of you getting back to work with them is most likely not going to happen. After what has taken place who would even want to work for them again. Lets say you find another job. I would stabilize yourself with income from your new employer and maybe search for a lawyer and file a law suit against the first employer for slander, or what ever the charges the lawyer seems fit to bring against the bad guys. Most attorneys specialization in this sort of case will evaluate your case for free and usually will take on the case if they see good evidence and a very good chance to win. If not then he will tell you that it doesn't look promising. It's worth a try to may not cost you much. You never know you just might become their BOSS!
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# Mike 2011-03-25 13:23
Quoting Elias:
Hello,
I've been fighting for my unemployment benefits since Dec. Of 2008,
After almost a full year of my past employer lying and giving false information, they made an awful mistake, and the judge ruled in my favor, I was awarded unemployment, including back pay.. But, what about all my hard work?, what about everything I lost, including car, home and credit?!!!, and after everything they lied about, (keep in mind!, they swore to be honest in court!!) they weren't even fined under perjury!!!, or even fined for hiring illegal immigrants. Up to this date I'm still going to court and trying to prove that I'm a good person who was wronged by a bunch of penny pinchers. I feel like even tho Im able to have unemployment now, I should be entitled to some sort of compensation on their behalf, unemployment gave me a small amout of what I lost, but my credit and work history is awful, I'm in collections and can't get a job because my past employer is talking badly about me, I even received calls to my house from the manager saying, "How can you bite the hand that fed you?!", I earned every penny with hard work and dedication!!, it's an insult really!, if you can give me any pointers, or even point me in the right direction, I sure would appreciate it. Thank you.


I know what you your up against because the same thing happened to me but on a small level. Theres a couple of ways to approach it. One is to collect your unemployment check and just go about your daily life until it runs out, making sure that you are in search of a new job. When these dishonest employers lie like you have described, they show how corrupt they are and the chances of you getting back to work with them is most likely not going to happen. After what has taken place who would even want to work for them again. Lets say you find another job. I would stabilize yourself with income from your new employer and maybe search for a lawyer and file a law suit against the first employer for slander, or what ever the charges the lawyer seems fit to bring against the bad guys. Most attorneys specialization in this sort of case will evaluate your case for free and usually will take on the case if they see good evidence and a very good chance to win. If not then he will tell you that it doesn't look promising. It's worth a try to may not cost you much. You never know you just might become their BOSS!
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# Steph 2010-12-28 12:15
Thank you for your website. Very helpful. I have been claiming unemployment for 2010 and have a part-time jewelry business that is up and down. One show I may make $50, the next $300. I haven't claimed any of these wages in 2010 because it was maybe less than $2K for the entire year. I've now remembered that the company will be sending in a 1099 of this income. Now I'm panicking, thinking I should call unemployment and tell them or do I let the process take it's course? I am still unemployed and barely making my bills. I'm afraid this is going to hurt my future benefits. Will they just allow me to have a reduced weekly unemployment rate in order to "payback" the income I didn't report? Will they definitely file a case against me?
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# Erin 2011-01-06 11:13
I am temporarily unemployed due to lack of work and I will return to work with the same employer within a few months. I have been collecting ue benefits but left the state for a week durig Christmas to visit my family. My boss told the dept of labor and and they are now withhold benefits and want reimbursment. Was i within my rights? And will I be able to continue to collect benefits? Thank you
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# Sharon 2011-01-07 13:21
My fiancee asked me to call unemployment for him. He was out of work for 3 weeks. He started working again a little over a month ago. He reported as per the law that he began work and how much he made and so on. We still havn't recieved any benifits even though the web site says he has qualified as of 11/8/10. We called Chase and found out that they sent the card to the wrong address. Now they are sending him a new card to the correct address. But still the website says he is entitled to $402 a week and there has only been $301.50 put on the card. The last deposit was on 12/5/10. I called for him because he asked me to since he is currently working and can't spend a half hour waiting on hold before even speaking to a real person. The woman I spoke to said I was commiting fraud and wouldn't even give me a number for him to call or transfer me to anyone who could help. The info I wanted wasn't for a specific case nessisarily but what to do or who to call when the money deposited is not the amount someone is qualified to recieve. There were only 2 deposits and he was out for 3 weeks. Please help! I take care of most if not all of the paperwork/bills/phone calls for our houshold and have never been accused of fraud. I told the woman on the line who I was right away and never claimed to be him or lied. Was it really fraud if I didn't lie or claim to be someone else. I had his permission.
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# Jenna 2011-01-08 11:33
Okay, so my Dad is on the emergency benefit which I believe is track two. He has been offered a job in a commission only position. There is a paid training, he is concerned that he is going to either lose his unemployment from accepting the job, or lose it because he is earning money, which on a side note wont even cover his rent.So will he still have unemployment so long as he accepts the job and stays in a low enough income bracket. To be honest he needs at least $1500 a month to survive and say it were to get cut off this month, he wouldn't even make $500. Please help, I am so worried for him. Also, I as am sure unemployment is standard every where you go, but we do live in Colorado so I need the Colorado law.
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# John.M 2011-01-11 14:57
I just discovered that my employer is in the practice of unemployment fraud by laying off or firing employees and saying that they were offered part time work when they didnt so that they would not have to pay benefits. How can I protect myself against this if I lose my job? Can I have them sign a paper stating that I was terminated without being offered any part time work? How do I report this fraud?
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# Marie 2011-01-11 16:34
I am thinking of moving in with my in-laws in another state and try to find a job there. Do I continue to make my claim on the Nevada web site and just change my personal info or is there something more I need to do?
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# ya right 2011-01-15 13:21
I was laid off from my job and filed for UI.
I began receiving a monthly allotment from a company by allowing a company to work under a professional license that I have.
This is not a business license, it is a professional license needed for them to operate.
Here is my issue. the company can stop paying me at anytime. This is not employment. I am not earning monies by working for a company.
If they stop paying me, which could be any month, I do not qualify under unemployment to receive benefits because of this income, so why should I report income that I generate when UI does not recognize it as a credible way to collect UI if it were to stop?
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# Laurie 2011-01-19 18:26
I know someone who has been committing unemployment fraud since 2009. I know for a fact that this person has been working for both businesses and private people for cash. He has recieved over $30,000 in unemployment benefits and has been reported to the Dept. of Labor UNemployment fraud unit. They have been presented with proof that this individual has been working, names, dates, photo's, etc....
What will happen to this person when they investigate and find him guilty ?? Will he go to prison ? He has prior felonies (last one 2002 for DWI) and an indictment currently pending for attempted burglary.
What do you think will happen ??
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# Mike 2011-03-25 19:53
Quoting Laurie:
I know someone who has been committing unemployment fraud since 2009. I know for a fact that this person has been working for both businesses and private people for cash. He has recieved over $30,000 in unemployment benefits and has been reported to the Dept. of Labor UNemployment fraud unit. They have been presented with proof that this individual has been working, names, dates, photo's, etc....
What will happen to this person when they investigate and find him guilty ?? Will he go to prison ? He has prior felonies (last one 2002 for DWI) and an indictment currently pending for attempted burglary.
What do you think will happen ??


Sounds like this person is either your boyfriend, husband, ex something or current. But to answer your question all you do is call the Police Depart or the unemployment department, tell them your story and they should advise you of the punishment. These people are not dummies like so many think. Most of the time they know whats going on, what you owe, where you live. The problem is that there are so many people violating their laws and they simply don't have the personnel to investigate these situations. Keep in mind that if this person is connected to you in so way you could be arrested as an accomplice or harboring a known law-breaker. It's something to think about if you value a normal future.
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# Brandy 2011-01-20 03:22
My ex-husband claims unemployment in the state of WA and he is in the Labor Union. My child support is automatically deducted from his payments. The problem is that he has been in and out of jail for months at a time and still collects unemployment. Is this legal? Will I be held accountable for the money that I am being given for child support if it is illegal? I have already reported it to my child support officer and tried to get the direct deposits stopped but they legally have to take a cut of it because it's income. They had no advice for me. How would I go about reporting this?
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# Stretch 2011-01-21 15:57
I know someone who got laid off from their company in 2008. During 2010, they had stock options with that company which were exercized, and they receive money for these options, they now will receive a W-2 for 2010 that reflects gross wages from this company. Is this an issue?
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# Gianni 2011-01-22 02:56
Hi. I have an issue that I am very confused and worried about. I have been disqualified for UE benefits for the first 2 weeks of January. Upon calling to find out why, they said the found a filing error from June. I had misfiled because I misread a field stating if I worked this week how much did I make. I just started a new job then so I posted the amount I made that week then recieved half my benefit amount. I then stopped filing all together for 2 months until I was laid off. I then went back on benefits with no problem.
Ok so Nevada DETR says in Dec 28 they got a new hire report finally from the company I worked for those 2 months and say I made an error. The woman i talked to over the phone said it was a misfile for one week and I would just lose out on that half pay on an overpayment. The next day an adjudicator called me and said I needed to fax her my weekly pay summary from that job. I did so within the hour of her request. It was an official print out I got from the company showing every cent I made with them and when I got it. 2 weeks later I get mail saying I didn't send what was asked of me and I was completely disqualified and that I was now overpaid 6 thousand dollars. I have since been unable to pay my bills and my phone has been cut off and I can't gas my car to even go to my new job I started 2 Mondays ago. Luckily I just got my first check.
My question is, how am I suppose to get this fixed? The adjudicator refuses to answer my faxes and emails. I fax the info she asked for daily including the successful fax print out from the original to prove I did send when requested. She doest seem to care.
Am I a victim? Do they think I committed fraud? Did she fail to do her job properly that has resulted in my personal hardship? Do I have a good case to file a lawsuit against her for failure to do her job properly? Im lost, nervous, and scared...and hungry too.
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# Kylie 2011-01-24 15:44
I hope I can get an answer...I haven't seen many replies lately on here! I have a 'situation' with a relative who collected checks from unemployment for 4 months while working fulltime. A letter was sent to them from Job/Family Services letting them know that they are aware that he was employed. They did nothing with the letter and have since moved without a forwarding address. Since JFS cannot locate them still, what may have happened in the meantime? Would they have turned this over to a court and issued a warrant, do a garnishment of their IRS refund?
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# Sandy 2011-01-25 10:26
Sandy, My boyfriends ex works as a part time flight attendenent. He recently found out that she made 12,000 dollars last year and also collected 4,500 dollars in unemployment money.Is this fraud? She also works at PODS for cash and does not report the income to the foc.How can a person work for a major airline company part time and collect unemployment?
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# sharon 2011-01-26 00:14
I live in Washington state. My son was collecting unemployment either last year or in 2009 and during that time he was in jail for a month or so. He had a friend file for him while in jail. Can I still report him for unemployment fraud or is there a statute of limitations?
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# jim 2011-01-27 14:01
I know someone who is unemployed that really is not looking for work. This person is a "99er" as they call themself and files online. This person has taken many vacations while unemployed, being to file online and even went overseas for a vacation for about 2 weeks. this person is presently in Florida, basking in the sun for about a month, staying with family. Is this legal???
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# joe 2011-01-31 14:10
I've been collecting unemployment for 7 months. I got a part time job but will not be paid until the job is done in March. I have not reported those earnings, because I have not received those earnings. I thought that I was to report the earnings once I received them. But having read this forum, I am realizing this was not the proper way to file. I want to do what is right, if that means retroactively filing/reporting, etc. It's on me for missing that, honest mistake. Will I have to re-pay, or forgo further benefits for a while? Will this be seen as fraud?
Any expertise/advice greatly appreciated.
Thanks!
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# NotSureFL 2011-02-07 17:31
Call your state's unemployment & ask them 'generically' what happens if someone doesn't report earned wages not paid yet, what are the options once the mistake is realized.

That way you don't have to give your info if you would like to remain anonymous for receiving the correct information. Depending on your situation tho, you may just end up sharing your personal info & having the representative help you do the right steps to square yourself up on the phone.
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# ana 2011-02-01 19:29
after 20 month unemployment i lost my job again I work for three month I dad new claim bat still have no benefits any body can tel my i can get again unmployment
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# ana 2011-02-02 08:22
I don't now haw the people working for unemployment lain no this week bat another for my benefits.i dont now what to do
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# vjol 2011-02-02 12:18
jeny for new york state laber she lie castumer
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# Vince 2011-02-02 15:26
An employee falsely stated that he was fired & began receiving unemployment benefits 9 months after quitting. New information has come to light that the employee quit because he left the US to have surgery (where medical care is free), then returned to the US & stated he was fired from the employer. What can the employer do to have the ex-employee questioned about this situation, so they stop receiving unearned benefits?
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# asking 2011-02-03 22:26
What happens if someone is planning to travel outside the country for leisure for a few months, and pay his friend to file the claim for him? He is planning to lie and say hes working but wouldnt they catch wind of his card activity in another country? all these people have questions about people collecting while working, well what happens if someone isnt planning to look at all and collect money to support his vacation? can that track his passport use? he got denied for it but i know he is planning to appeal it and the second he gets approved he plans to leave for his excursion. Ive even told him he can get in trouble but he seems to think i dont know what im talking about. i am 100% sure this is what hes planning to do, but i dont want to report him and then it be obvious that i was the one who reported him. Isnt there a way to monotor his activity without someone reporting him?
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# jasonal 2011-02-04 21:16
I'M recieving an unemployee check and im working. i havent reported my earning because i need my job.my husband left me with 3 kids 2 car payment and all the bills .i know i supppose to report my earning but i really needed the money every week to take care my family i want to stop recieving the benfit because i dont to get in any trouble please help me .im willing to pay the money back.I only bring home 220.00 a every 2 week please let me know what i need to do
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# Lilianne 2011-02-07 11:39
My ex is in jail in NC and is still collecting unemployment. I am guessing his girlfreind is calling it in for him. Is this legal? And if the system finds out, will they both get in trouble? And doesn't the system have a system in place to know when someone is in jail?
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# NotSureFL 2011-02-07 14:15
Scenario & question:
-Perm Layoff in FL 2010
-Withdraw 401k to start small business
-Small business 1099 shows less income for 2010 than receipts for expenses
-NEVER cut a check for self as owner or employee; due to excess repairs & other business related costs

When applying for 2011 Unemployment, is there money/income to show from the business (not 401k) when all documents for unemployment specify to report 'earned' income? I'm not sure about this, but want to do the right thing according to the law. :/
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# randy 2011-02-07 21:33
I no some one that just got 2 million dollars inheritance and is drawing unemployment is that a crime
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# Marie 2011-02-10 01:06
Hi, I recently quit my position due to the fact that my employer hired me on the account that I would receive insurance after 90 days and work as a general contractor (meaning I get paid in full no tax deduced every 2 weeks, and at the end of the year receive a 1099 form for taxes) It has been 4 months and I have still not received insurance after requesting it, and quit.

My question is, how does unemployment work, working as a general contractor (I do plan on reporting my income), and is that an accepted reason for quitting? I am located in IL. Thank you.
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# Tisha 2011-02-10 20:41
If you are unaware that someone is filing your ui benefits for your can you be fine or penelized for this.
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# Christine 2011-02-14 00:12
I have a court order for maintenance. Can I?...and where do I send a copy of this order along with the garnishment paperwork so that I may be able to collect my ex's unemployment wages.
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# worried 2011-02-17 17:32
i have a neighbor that was laid off from a full time job in december 2008, he had filed for unemployment and got a part time job the end of december 2008. he went to the office and reported it and they told him since he was hired for 20 hrs instd of 40 hrs he was gettin he cld file partial unemployment. he did so and in the mean time he can not read worth a lick. so when filin his claim it asked for an amount he made for the week and he misunderstood and put the amount of hours he worked instead. so when he typed in 20.75 he meant hours and they apprntly took it to mean he only made $20.75 for the week. he got a letter today stating that he has a meeting with an investigator in a few weeks and he is freaking out. is this something he can get jail time for?
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# Admin 2011-02-17 18:05
Sounds like an honest mistake.

When your neighbor meets with the investigator, he should admit to his honest mistake, and go from there.

While he may have to pay back some benefits (maybe - depending on his situation, income, earnings allowance, etc.), but I sincerely don't think that he will get charged or go to jail for this.

Unemployment is complicated; people are humans after all - and our society doesn't send people to jail for honest mistakes on paperwork.

Good luck to your neighbor. Please check back in with us and let us know how it goes.

Admin
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# Elizabeth 2011-02-19 14:45
I was laid off about 4 weeks ago and am now receiving the maximum amount in unemployment benefits in California.

I have recently started getting some freelance work. The problem is I wont get paid for it until May and the work is now. I have received no W9 from my client, and am supposed to give them an invoice for my work next week. I have heard if I report my earnings over the last week ($2400) I will lose my unemployment benefits and be in some financial trouble until I actually get paid for my work in may. Is this true? Will my benefits change?

Is it possible to wait to report until closer to may? If I do this what sort of repercussions can I expect? Are there any other solutions for me to consider? Thanks
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# Debra S. 2011-02-23 15:56
?'s about PA law in follow'g: 6/2010-laid off,7/2010 clm filed/bens begin,8/2010-cashed ira(still collctg), 12/2010-cashed annuity(still collect'g), 2/2011-APPROVED for EXTENSION! & NOT "actively looking for work"...based on info please answer follow'g ?'s, thx ~when using auto system,it asks if you actively looked for work press"1-yes" or "2"-no" other than person pressing 1/yes how is 'actively looking' monitored? what if you KNOW person is NOT looking? How are extensions granted?is person requesting extensions REQUIRED to provide PROOF of job searching? or are they based on automated reporting history? aren't IRA's/annuities=income? In these hard times how does UE know/track the DISHONEST? How does one alert UE if they KNOW person is not looking but waiting for "perfect job" since claim has been extended? Please help, I don't like spounges & mooches--
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# charm 2011-02-27 14:34
Can u work full time makin 10 dollar a hr and still get unemploment
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# Shelley 2011-02-28 01:48
We have a business in Washington and would like to hire someone but she would like us to hire her a an independent contract worker and she would work 40 hours a week. I believe this is so she can still collect unemployment in Oregon. As an employer will have any liability if we do a 1099. I feel uncomfortable about this... Thank you...
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# MakingItWork 2011-03-02 02:16
I have a question about school and unemployment. I was laid off and after two months of having a horrible time finding work I decided to do a 6 month full-time certification program to become a licensed esthetician. During school, I did not apply for the required 5 jobs a week. Not because I didn't have time, but because it was completely demoralizing. The effort (at least 2 hours per job application), the anticipation and excitement, and then the rejection was psychologically crushing. So, I only applied for jobs that I actually had a shot at. I interviewed for three jobs during that time and did not get an offer, and applied for a few others for which I was not asked to interview. Now that I'm licensed, I'm looking for esthetician jobs. However, I'm finding that there is really only part-time work, especially for newbies. I will want to report my part-time work and earnings if I get a job, and then receive whatever unemployment help I'm allowed until I find a second or third part-time job to suppliment my income. But, I'm worried that it will trigger an audit and I will have to pay back 6 months of UI. I was honest when I reported that I was willing and able to work. I was on a payment plan in school, so I only paid for hours attended and would have stopped had I been able to find full-time work. It was a program through the community college system, so the record may show up if they were to run my SSN. Has anyone heard of audits triggered by reporting part-time work, or people repaying UI because of attending school? I feel trapped. I have an interview for a part-time esthetician job next week, but I'm scared to accept the job for fear of an audit. But I need the money to make my mortgage until I can get enough work not to need UI. Any less and I just can't do it.
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# Sherri 2011-03-02 13:52
I was laid off during 2009. I had worked in another state and the MA unemployment office did not handle the claim correctly and it took 4 weeks to resolve. I had almost lost my house in the past and could not go without that income. I started collecting and was called back to work 2 months later but did not cease my benefits because I do contract work and can be laid off at any time. I was told when I went back that it would only last about a month or two. I did report earnings to unemployment but not all that I made. I did it for 2 reasons, first I knew I would be laid off again, which I was, and did not want to deal with the confusion over my claim again and have to wait 4 weeks to get it resolved. I also do not have health insurance when I do this contract work which I had through unemployment. I did receive a notice that I had been disqualified and that I owe all this money back, but I am being disqualified not for the 5 weeks I worked but for the entire benefit year which I cannot pay back. I did go back to work, again out of state and was receiving notices of default and that I needed to respond, I notified the claims adjuster that I was out of state, I left my contact information in this other state which he never used to contact me to discuss. Bottom line is he has indicated in his latest response that my request for a hearing (which was filed late because I was working in another state and did not receive the notice in time) was denied and I have now gone beyond the hearing deadline. I need to resolve this and do admit I collected more money than I should have for 5 weeks, but do not feel I should have to pay back the entire benefit year as I truly was not working. It should also be noted that I reported earnings every single week I filed a claim. Should I obtain a lawyer to help with this or can I fight it on my own and how do I go about tdoing that?
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# Jennifer 2011-03-04 04:14
Hi. I am currently receiving Indiana Unemployment Benefits. My question is, I took a part time job that was on a temporary basis for a little over a week. I claimed what I predicted to make from the job for one week, which was under the actual amount. I also received a seperate check I was unaware that I would receive after I had filed for that week. I did not claim this money the following week, because I had not actually worked during that week and the job had already ended. I received a letter from unemployment wanting to verify my start date and any income earned for previous weeks I had claimed my unemployment and the start date was not correct, it was much earlier than I actually started, and I had earned no actual money during that time. I filled out the form and returned it to them and went to access my account today to go to the link to apply for some jobs and I say that there is a delay in payment on my account stemming from 1/29/2011 for non base period wages. I am completely confused as to what this means. This date is not even the start date the letter they had sent to me as the date I was supposed to have started this temporary job, it is before. I had a call from a gentleman handling my case who had questions regarding my job and claimed income that I had claimed, and also inquiring about the last time I filed because I had apparantly selected yes to return to work on a certain date, which was not accurate. He said he fixed the problem and I was paid later that day. Yesterday I received 2 letters from unemployment regarding the very same questions he had asked me and I called him earlier today, not knowing about this new attachment on my unemployment page, and inquired about the letters and how they were regarding the very thing he had asked me about. He told me to disregard them because they had been mailed out before he fixed the problem associated with my account, but to keep them for my records. Anyways, what does this non base period wages mean, and what happens to not claiming income that I was not aware that I had and miscalculating income that I did claim. Will the difference be taken out and I will still continue to get unemployment? Or will I lose it altogether? Thanks.
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# Carrie 2011-03-07 02:05
I have a relative who has been collecting unemployment for over 2 years. Apparently he has been working off and on doing side jobs for someone who is paying him "under the table". I don't think he is reporting this extra income and still collects unemployment. Should I report it or not?
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# Williiam B. 2011-03-15 16:12
Why is everyone worrying about what other people are doing with their unemployment. what does anyone gain from reporting someone for unemployment fraud. I can understand if their misuse of unemployment was hurting others (ie the example above regarding being kicked out of an apartment) but otherwise it is noone elses concern. Those who are working arent contributing to the unemployment benefit fund that is strictly an emplyer tax so its not like the money you are being taxed on is being given to those on unemployment. People should worry about themselves and let others be....again i stress, unless someone else is being hurt by the fraud.
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# Bethany 2011-03-23 17:04
My mother's wealthy boyfriend (who is married) is collecting unemployment ONLY because he doesn't want to give his money to his wife (they're going through a divorce). He is not working right now because he doesn't want to, not because he can't find work. He owns a company and is a very wealthy engineer!

Is this unemployment fraud? (We live in PA if you need to know)

Thanks!
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# Lisa 2011-03-24 18:34
I am unemployed in IL, am I allowed to go to school and receive training, while collecting?
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# Louisa 2011-03-25 10:53
I'm writing from an employer's standpoint where we had to lay off an employee for lack of work. I know the employee as an old neighbor also so is a problem for me. He has told me that he's been freelancing with a steady part time job and obviously collecting pay "under the table" as the benefit amounts he's getting paid has never changed. Meanwhile because of the extended period of time he's "reporting" that he's unemployed, our firm's unemployment tax rate has increased dramatically as he's been collecting for about 1-1/2 years now and we don't feel the company should suffer the expense of paying him unemployment at our cost KNOWING he's working. He is being dishonest. We have no way to "prove" he is working or even the name of the company he is working for, but know for a fact that he is. Is there anyway to scare him or some way to inform him that what he's doing is actually criminal???? How can we report him if we have no proof???
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# nick 2011-03-29 20:13
My question to this um is, i have collecting here and there due to lack of work , maybe 1 to an average 3 or 4 days. i know if a person work more than 4 and is payed over 401. that person can't collect on it. now, i had gotten a notice in the mail didn't know what it was about so, i went there and saw on the door there, um appeal area, i saw this, i didn't know what was going on. he mentioned nothing much to me , so i asked what was going on, the guy said to me that i was collecting while i was working, and i know when a person calls up and tries to complete the claim with a person, i stated it was lack of work to the person over the phone, and the guy told me as i said nothing much , had me sit there in the some what of an office where it was just the guy and myself. left me alone whilt there was info i brung , now i don't know what happen if he did stuff to my info, or anything at all. i was in a room by myself for a bout 15 min. i asked him, why was i in the room, he told me that is where i have been told to. it was the depart. of labor that i was at, in lower manhattan. Now, are they supposed to keep certain things quiteand not tell a person much , eventhough this guy said to me in his own way i was cheating, and this was supposed to have happen 2 years ago on what was done, and there just geting to me on this now, i thought lack of work meant lack of work , until i actually went back to work and i did and stopped collecting until i had to go through it again and start over. he had my pay stubs on the screen ,how is that possible in the first place. and he said i owe over one thousand, not saying on exactly but, can you really believe all that stuff. i supposed to have made over the amount and worked as well, and got paid over 401. and if i did worked over a ceratin amount of days, i wouldn't have claim benefits. from all of this, would it mean i am done with it or can i still collect cause he didn't say anything to me on that. and also, had me signed papers saying on what i did, i wasn't going to signed the second page, where it said i didn't report the amounts. i hope no one goes through this, i had to speak my mind on this issue.
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# T. J. 2011-03-30 16:21
Hi, I am currently receiving unemployment benefit in NYC. Since I got laid off from a full-time graphic design job in 2009, I started working on my own movie projects. (doing researches, sometimes traveling aboard getting footage, developing story ideas, and writing scripts) I don't generate any income from working on them, only hope one day I will be able to have them made and make a career out of it. Now, am I still eligible for unemployment benefit when I work on my own projects but not getting paid from anyone? And when I travel aboard to do researches, am I allowed to claim the benefit? Is it a strict rule on not traveling at all while receiving unemployment benefit?

Thank you!
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# Gabby 2012-02-28 21:01
No. I am a movie producer myself with actual Hollywood ties, but if you do not make money, you are NOT required to report it. There is nothing to report.
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# David 2011-04-03 11:52
Good afternoon, my ex- girlfriend has been collecting unemployment for over a year and at the same time she has been working a nanny gig 3 days out of the week making $360 or more a week under the table and then brags about how she makes $976 every 2 weeks from unemployment, she even got unemployment to pay for her to go to school. I would like to know the actions that would be brought against her if she were to be turned in or caught.
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# Fraud Curious 2011-04-06 14:51
Is it considered fraud against unemployment when you are receiving unemployment, and repeatedly taking trips arouns the country and to Europe? I'm sure the money could be better put to use, and I imagine its hard to find a job when you are on permanent vacation. Living off a "huge pool of money that is there for the taking"
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# B.K. 2011-04-06 23:37
Someone I know 21 and CHOSE to no longer work. He/she goes to car auctions, buys cars, and sells them on the side. Is this a type on fraud unemployment? What are their consequences?
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# Jessica 2011-04-12 11:16
When claiming unemployment, are child support payments made to the unemployed person considered income? and is VA housing benifits collected by the unemployed person also considered income?
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# paul 2011-04-14 09:49
Can You Collect Both Wage Loss and Unemployment Benefits After a New York Auto Accident?

y argument for receiving both the lost wages from my auto policy and the unemployment benefit is as follows:

1) They are two entirely separate issues.

2) The lost wages is a disability benefit from a New York no-fault auto insurance. This benefit is being received due to my injury while employed. I also received NYDBL. The auto insurance did offset this benefit because it is another "disability" income source.

3) I was terminated after the accident and applied for Unemployment Benefits. Unemployment Benefits are paid in addition to NYSDBL. One is disability income and one is compensation for searching for employment while unemployed, I have a doctors clearance that I can perform duties of another occupation and am disabled from performing the duties of the past employment..

4) If NYS would not offset a disability payment from their unemployment benefit then " I feel" the insurance company can not offset their disability lost wages benefit with unemployment benefits. They are two different issues. Now I did sign a subrogation letter with the auto insurance company, but my thought is it is to pay back any "disability" lost wage insurance. Again, Unemployment benefit is not a disability benefit.

I have been honest and forthright with any information either party has asked for. I do not believe I have violated any law. Your opinion is greatly appreciated.
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# bri 2011-04-15 13:14
What happens if someone is collecting unemployment legitimatley, and another person tries to file a fraud claim on that person, but they really did not fraud? Is it investigated? Do they still lose their benefits even if they didn't do anything wrong?
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# Alpha17 2011-04-20 19:35
Here is the scenario:

You are an certified English teacher to teach abroad and have done it in the past. You were then working odd jobs and construction in NY until being laid off. You then fill for UI and collect benefits. You travel and seek work outside of the U.S. through various teaching job interviews, online inquiries, and resume submissions. You travel to a few different countries while seeking employment for a teaching position all the while collecting UI. If the construction company had emailed or contacted you to return to work, you would have. After many attempts at interviewing with foreign country schools, you return back to NY still collecting UI. Apply for more jobs and still no luck. Take on a seasonal position that you worked at during college that employed you for 3 months. After the job was finished, collected benefits again. After months, you want to try teaching English again outside the country and set up interviews. You leave to go on these interviews while collecting UI. The unemployment office has recently sent a letter stating that they have been aware that a you are have certified for benefits while out of the country.

Would I be able to retain the benefits collected? On the grounds of I was looking for work in my field (teaching English over seas).

Any and all help in this matter would be appreciated.
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# sista 2011-04-20 21:52
In the state of nm can you collect unemployment if you are in jail
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# SM 2011-07-28 19:54
You can't collect unemployment in any state while in jail -- not legally anyway.
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# Captin kerk 2011-04-21 16:01
My room mate was fire for stealing from his company. Afterhis benifits ran out he got a new job for about a month until he quit because he recieved an extension. Is that illeagal?
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# liz 2011-04-24 15:00
How do/can I report a person who is receiving unemployment benefits illegally. This person work for just a little while through temp service.Got fired every time due to fact of his conduct, being as to the fact that he is a sex offender. He receiving benefit through Michigan, and was run out of town well over a year ago,due to his conduct, and the heat getting close to arresting him again, been living in other states, yet still getting michigan unemployment checks.He was just going to the library, going through phone book putting down places like he went there to seek employment.Never went anywhere to seek a job, and in the beginning when he did, was not hired due to the fact he is a criminal sex offender and his attitude. How can I report this fraud he is commiting and still getting away with after over a year???Please reply...thanks
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# Liz 2011-04-25 18:49
Question, In NYS, once unemployment benefits are given, can they be taken away if you are complying with everything? Can the former employer, once benefits have started, fight the issuance of benefits?
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# Cee 2011-04-28 15:00
My queston is MO UI benefits. I drew UI for 4 months in good faith. My employer protested and lost. At the very last day of the appeal time, he filed an appeal and won it. I appealed that win and lost my appeal.I have since become disabled and applied for disability. I have no income right now and no money to repay the UI that I recieved. I did not appeal the last loss b/c of obvious finacial reasons, plus the fact that I cannot draw if I am not able to work.
Is there any exception to having to repay this. I have 30 days to appeal the decision for repay but don't know if I can do this on my own with any success.
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# alishany 2011-04-30 10:28
Hi,

I know someone who is collecting unemployment from the state of new york and relocated to north carolina 8 months ago and is still collecting unemployment from new york. The person has not changed his address at all whatsoever, is this considered to be fraud?
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# SM 2011-07-28 19:57
Not necessarily. There is an obligation to keep your contact information updated, but as such, if you are meeting NY's unemployment requirements of being able and available and looking for work, you can live just about anywhere in the continental U.S. Now if he starts working in another state and not reporting it, or thinking they'll never find out, that's a different matter.
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# Christine 2011-05-08 16:02
I know someone that is collecting unemployment as he is working overseas and plans to move back here this summer to get his citizenship and I think he is wrong. Is this legal and what will happen to him or what can I do.
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# JP 2011-05-09 16:30
My friend has a home based lawn care service. It is atleast ten years old.
He employs atleast five workers right now. They come and go all day in his company trucks.
HIS unemployment check came to my mailbox by mistake. Is there any situation that he could be leagally claimming benifits and still run an operation like this?
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# Pretty 2011-05-09 23:14
Well I have a question.. If someone just moved to South Carolina(mainly for school) and Receiving unemployment in Pennsylvania is that illegal to do?
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# Mary 2011-05-14 07:26
I'm so close to needing a prescription in order to stay at my job! For the past 10 months, I've been working in a very dysfunctional office environment (my narcissistic boss had a substance abuse problem). No one was talking about, reporting it to upper management (who is friends with my boss), nor had anyone reported him to the corporate office. I did both. He finally crashed & burned a few weeks ago & is no longer employed. Furthermore, a new co-worker started 2 months ago & is an absolute tyrant to work with (threatening to report me, stonewalling me, bursts of anger over simple things). He is my peer, not my boss and has made my work life miserable & it has carried into my personal life. I talked to upper management a week ago. The tyrant was civil for a few days and back to his same behavior, he's a quiet tyrant now. Is it possible to collect unemployment benefits in Ohio if I quit for mental duress? Will I need to prove that I've sought medical help (i.e. psycotherapy). I appreciate your quick response. Beth
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# page 2011-05-23 18:15
While collecting unemployment for 15 months, I started an Avon business, but did not make any money, should I have reported my activity to EDD? I did report my business as a loss on my taxes one year. and then reported a profit of about $120.00 the other year but that profit was eaten up by office expenses.
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# Melissa 2011-05-24 17:55
If I am recieving Illinois unemployment, and I purchase a new car....can that in any way effect my benefits?? Can they cut me off???
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# mk 2011-05-25 16:16
What is usually the penalty if you are audited and they find you have mistakenly, not intentionally, reported some of the wages you earned while on unemployment?
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# johncasper 2011-05-25 21:58
i was recieving unempoyment from a previous job that i had to go to court over to prove i was eligible.. about a month into it i found a job and stopped collecting all together..about another month after that i ws let go, and tried to file for u.i. again, and was sent a notice to fill out why i was no longer employed..they belive i lied on the paper about being fired and blocked any future payments to me, then today i recieved notice that i owe $1010 in overpayment because the money i got from the orginal unemployment benifits... are they makeing a mistake because i cant understand how money that was owed to me from another job can possibly effect anything here..also considering that i never recieved ANY payments while working the new job or after being let go..plzz answer me i need some help.
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# Don 2011-06-02 11:45
You silly people, you don't goto jail for claiming unemployment while working. You just have to pay it back. They straight up tell you that you can goto jail for unemployment fraud to discourage it. They have two choices: a) Put you in jail, pay thousands of dollars housing you in jail and prosecuting your case, and not get any money because you're sitting in jail OR b) setup payment arrangements or file civil lawsuit and get their money back. Which one do you REALLY think they want?

Now, if you ignore their letters and shove them off, they can use the jail option. But from what I seen/heard, you have to do this go on for a long time before they consider that option. Jails are over crowded, under staffed.
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# Jennifer s 2011-06-02 13:12
my husband was getting unemp and working under ther table.Can I get in trouble? What will happen to him if he collected more than a years worth?-CALIFORNIA
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# B. Palmer 2011-06-06 10:12
My company recently had a lay off and gave employees a 60 day notice period (the WARN ACT). We are being compensated during this time. Can you file for unemployment while being compensated during this period? The letter we received says the severance package starts after the 60 day notice period.
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# SM 2011-07-28 19:59
WARN funds are considered other remuneration along the lines of wages in lieu of notice and would typically disqualify you while receiving them.
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# Danny 2011-06-15 21:31
I was laid off in 2009. I applied for Unemployment benefits, but also closed out some retirement accounts, so I called the Unempl Office's 800 number and reported that. A few days later I got a "determination" letter, informing me that I was being disqualified from receiving benefits for one full week. I thought, cool, cuz I really didn't need the benefits, so I put the letter in a drawer and forgot about it, and did not apply for any weeks. Well, for several months, friends and others would ask me if I was getting unemployment yet, and I'd tell them no, cuz I didn't really want to if I didn't have to. Well, in late fall of 2009, I went to the UO website and discovered I had forgotten my PIN number, so I signed up again, with a new PIN, and my social security number and all my personal information, and was told online that I had weeks available, so I started claiming them. Now, I had never used Unemployment before and was very very naive about how this all worked. I would look for jobs on the internet, or through newspapers, or what have you. I was becoming increasingly disheartened over the next few months because I could not meet the qualifications for any of the jobs listed, despite 21 years of experience!
Well, after several months of receiving benefits, and becoming increasingly despairing about ever finding a job, I called the Unemployment Office call center, gave them my name and social security number, and asked them how many benefits I could still claim. The nice young lady who spoke with me told me that I had just about run out of "credits," so I thanked her and stopped claiming weeks. Then I discovered some lost paperwork pertaining to the "Career Centers" in the state and that some of them offered on-the-job training. I was flabbergasted and felt like a total fool. So I called the local Career Center to ask about the training. I told the woman who answered that I had been receiving unemployment benefits. She became very, very very nasty and hostile to me and told me that if I did come in, to "bring my sheet." Now, I never spoke with them before and did not know what she meant by "my sheet." I had signed up on the Internet and had never been given, or mailed, ANY sort of sheet. The woman was livid at me for not knowing what she meant and was very menacing and threatening. I was already on the verge of a psychotic break from not being able to find a job I could qualify for, and this woman's menacing hostility scared me to death. I began to believe that she might have called someone and accused me of something. So I started really freaking out. Then I thought she might have meant my record of my job searches. So I went to the scattered paperwork around my computer desk and discovered to my shock that I had kept, at best, a very shoddy and grossly incomplete record of my searches. This made me absolutely terrified. I had visions of the CIA kicking down our apartment door, arresting me, and seizing the home of my innocent, helpless elderly parents (where I live) under something called Asset Forfeiture simply because I might be accused of something. If I am accused of something wrong, CAN they steal my poor helpless parents's home for this??? If they can, THAT is a Satanic and a Diabolical Law: to steal an elderly couple's little apartment home due to the real or imagined sin of a resident of that home, something they had nothing to do with.
Anyway, soon after the woman chewed me out on the phone, suddenly new people began to move into my building, and I immediately thought that they were watching me. Their behavior was STRANGE, to say the least. I won't go into it all, but really weird behavior convinced me for a while that these people were plainclothes people sent here to "watch" me. I became paranoid and terrified and had a total, complete mental breakdown (and not my first in life, either). Now, I had never, never, never, never, NEVER INTENTIONALLY nor WILLFULLY done anything illegal. Still, what if I have UNintentionally committed fraud for several months? This is scaring me to death. ON THE OTHER HAND, I have never received a single phone call or letter from the Unemployment Office telling me that I am being audited or anything else. Not only that, but I received from them my Tax Form so that I could report my Benefits on my 2010 Income Tax filing.
So should I be worried about being investigated? Or is it just my mental illness acting up due to the extreme stress of being out of a job and indigent?
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# sickandtired 2011-06-24 19:49
If you call in weekly to report that you are unemployed, but are not, and have not collected any money because yor claim was being challenged is that considered fraud?
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# SM 2011-07-28 20:02
Just consider this. You happen to win your appeal and the unemployment office will move to pay whatever weeks you have filed. If you did not report any earnings, knowing you should have.. hey presto, potential fraud.
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# call a cab 2011-06-25 15:50
I am recieveing unemployment benefits. I worked for a company that got sold and the new company wanted to pay me off the books. I decided to file unemployment instead. even had the new owner write a letter to social services for food stamp purposes. now im being reviewed i got a letter stateing the the old company says i still work for them. i worked for the new company for a few weeks on the books and then left. im nervouse that the new company is up to no good and trying to get my benefits denied. any one have any insight
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# R 2011-06-29 12:38
I was collecting unemployment while traveling and I was told that even if your permanent address did not change you are not allowed to collect while on vacation. IS that true?
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# SM 2011-07-27 18:02
Absolutely. The availability standard of UI considers whether or not your reasons for being unavailable to work were considered for good cause (illness, a funeral, etc). Vacation is not typically considered good cause and you will usually lose the entire week even if you were only gone for a few days on vacation.
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# Timmy 2011-07-05 14:55
Hi, I'm currently receiving (Out of State ) UI from California and living in Seattle. I'll be traveling oversea for 2 months due to family emergency, I don't know if I need to notify Ca EDD for my trip so they will temporary suspend my checks. Currently, I send in my continue claim forms via EDD Webcert online and they mailed me check. My question is, if Igo oversea I will just continue to submit my continue claim forms via online as usual and won't notify them of my leave. Is this is consider fraud? if so, what might be the punishment? Thanks
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# Karen 2011-07-06 15:45
I know someone who was collecting unemployment in Michigan and at the same time qualified for No worker left behind so he could return to school. Just prior to beginning classes he did some contract work but forgot to claim the income to the unemployment office. A year and a half later a 1099 was apparently sent to the IRS so back taxes are due but what will become of the unemployment that was collected. All of this is over $6,000 reported on the 1099. We are just concerned about what they are likely to do. We know what the max is but what are they likely to do?
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# nita 2011-07-07 08:41
will i get UI benefits while they are determine a fraud case 4me? will i get them while i wait?
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# Bobby 2011-07-09 07:31
Hi, I had a month long job payed by check, made a few thousand, filled out no 1099 or w-2.

I admit I knew since I wasn't on file I could keep getting UI, but what I honestly didn't know was that it was really such a bad thing. Excuse my ignorance, but I thought taking jobs and being paid, say a couple grand, was okay to not report. I didn't see the difference between that and a really really nice friend giving me a few thousand bucks for watering his lawn.

I wouldn't have reported that either?

But, after reading up on some people's comments on other forums I'm not so sure now.. maybe I would have to?

I almost wish I was paid in cash, but it was a check and I deposited it so there is a record of it, and I know I could be sly and hope they don't notice, which I'm almost sure is the likely case, but I don't want to risk it.

What is the best way to go about this, without screwing myself of lost UI if it was unnecessary being "too" honest?
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# Sarrah 2011-07-15 09:51
I went out of the country for a trip that has been planned well in advance prior to starting U/E so I couldn't cancel it, now U/E suddenly sent me a questionnaire asking me when I left and will return, also I haven't been seeking work for the last two weeks....... so how did they know i'm gone? and does this mean i a permanently kicked off of U/E
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# Timmy 2011-07-16 12:01
Sarrah,
Which state are you from ?
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# SM 2011-07-28 19:45
There is really no telling how they found out, could be as easy as a tip from an outside source. In the majority of the cases you would just lose benefits for the time period for which you were unavailable. In rare cases they could treat the situation as an availability fraud case, but they'd have to prove you knew you were not meeting the requirements of unemployment and lied on your weekly claims by saying you were. It would be rare if you would lose your benefits permanently. Even planned ahead of time, you made a choice to go ahead with your vacation, which makes you unavailable for work, but not for necessitous and compelling reasons (which is typically the standard of proof).
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# nikki 2011-07-18 20:35
I have been on unemployment for 6 months and still am having no luck in finding a job! I am getting married in September and hope to find a job before then, but if I do not, will getting married affect my unemployment? I am in NJ.
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# SM 2011-07-28 19:47
Getting married would not affect your benefits. Your claim for benefits is based on your earnings, not your husband's. The only possible affect I could see if you are getting like a dependency allowance and your husband is on unemployment as well, and you claim the same dependents. Typically only one spouse would be allowed a dependency allowance.
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# Chele 2011-07-21 18:11
I was recieving UI in 2009 when I lost my job suddenly when the owner shut down with out telling any one. 3 months later my house burned down and I lost everything. I then found a new job but was only working part time so I was still able to get UI. Then that job shut down and I went to another one and was still reciving UI because it was part time. In may I got a letter stating that I was getting paid from UI and not being honest about my pay so I was commiting fraud. I spoke to them a couple times and they explained that they could not get ahold of the old owners and I explained that I was not able to also. They told me to write on paper how much $ I made and my weekly hours and fax to them. What should I do they say I own $5000. and its all because they cant get a hold of someone.....
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# SM 2011-07-28 19:53
The standard of proof for fraud cases is typically higher than for other fact-findings such as discharges, voluntary leavings etc. After all, fraud cases could lead to criminal charges, convictions etc. Though I am not intimately familiar with unemployment laws in every state, typically an adjudicator would not go ahead and pursue a fraud issue without some type of solid proof that someone had earnings during a week they claimed benefits and did not report any. Regardless of what is decided on the first level of your decision, chances are on appeal it would be overturned if conclusive evidence is lacking (if it gets to a decision without solid evidence to begin with, that is). Do the best you can to put together your information and go with it.
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# Jackie 2011-07-25 13:56
I know someone who collects there unemployment every week but only uses it to do drugs. The person is not even looking for a job. Should this person be allowed to keep getting the money? Is there anywhere this can be reported too? There is much proven documentation that the person is using street drugs and not able to look for work.
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# Vanessa 2011-07-29 20:42
WELL I STARTED WORKIN ON 6/27/11, WE GOT HALF A PAYCHECK THAT WK, I COLLECTED FOR 4 WKS AFTER THAT DUE TO BEING BEHIND ON RENT, CAR NOTE (ALMOST REPO'D IF I DIDNT PAY CURRENT) LIGHTS BEING CUT OFF, & MY CAR'S TIMING BELT BROKE WHICH LEAD TO FURTHER DAMAGE TO MY CAR TOTALING $1800.OO WHICH I DIDNT HAVE, THERE FOR I KEPT COLLECTING, I RECIEVED MY 1ST FULL CHECK ON 7/15, I have more than half of the money i collected to return, i just recieved the letter today in the mail which was dated 7/21 and i only have 7 days which today is the 7th day!!! i am goin to fax it tomorrow becuase every where else is closed... i dont want to lose my job over this because im already 5 wks into my training and officially start monday, i have worked sooo hard to get this job & i just cant lose it if i do then i cant pay them back either...what should i do?? i am more than willin to work with them to pay them their monies back i just dont need this on my record, i am faxing them 2 pages worth of explination along with proof of my car repair estimation bill...because it the repair shop hasnt finished fixing it...i need advice bad...i am sooo freaked out right now...i know its my fault i shouldnt have kept filing but i cldnt get a loan any where because i didnt have enough income or a stable job yet so it was like my only option...please i need your advice on what to do...btw i live in nc...thank you
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# SM 2011-07-30 05:31
The whole concept of fraud is that you knew you were supposed to report your earnings on your Unemployment claims and willfully chose not to. The reasons why are not really as significant as the fact that you did. In other words, a lie is a lie is a lie. It's a bit of a cop out to say this was your only option. Plenty of people have bills to pay, cars that break down etc. and do not defraud the system in any way. It is a pretty black and white area. I don't know if the option exists in NC, but they might consider the weeks just an overpayment (and give you a good swift wake-up call in the process), which means you pay back the money you received in error, and that is that. If they do consider it fraud, there are most certainly financies penalties (i.e. an additional 50%-100% you owe on top of what you improperly received) that will be assessed and you could be disqualified from receiving further unemployment for one full year from the date the decision is written.

The fraud fact-finding is between you and the Department, not you, the Department and your employer. The only time they could be involved is to be asked to provide wage records, but it would typically be a very generic request as to protect your right to privacy. Keep in mind, Unemployment benefits go against employer's experience rating, and even though your Unemployment hasn't gone against your current employer's experience rating, they may not wish to continue keeping someone employed who is of questionable moral character (really everyone pays one way or another when a person receives funds they are not entitled to -the money has to come from somewhere, be it employer's contributions to general funds, tax payer money etc.). They would, however, not be told by anyone at the Unemployment office that you are suspected of fraud, or had a decision on fraud go against you. In conclusion, you made your bed, the best thing you can do is be up front, and deal with the consequences.
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# Vanessa 2011-07-30 10:01
i completely understand & take full responsibilitie s for actions & lack there of, i am as we speak gettin all the documentation and faxing them over to the employment office in Raleigh first thing monday morning i will call them to see how i can get the monies back to them...its not worth it now to me...i cant afford to loose this great job i got over some unemployment change...nah but thank you for giving me hope & keepin it real with me...
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# tired of fraud 2011-07-31 16:19
Is it fraud to not report an out of state address change, a move to Maryland 4 months ago, while collecting unemployment benefits in Delaware? Also is it fraud if this individual is using my Delaware home address, without my agreement or consent, in order to have a Delaware address and collect benefits? I have been told that I can not remove my address, that only the idividual collecting benefits can. Also this idividual has earned income doing landscaping while collecting Delaware unemployment benefits, yet did not report this income during the weekly certification process. I am tired of people collecting fraudently, and mostly with my address being used while this individual lives in Maryland.
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# Chris 2011-07-31 22:47
My unemployment benefits in Nevada have been on hold for over a month because someone is employed in Colorado using my Social Security number. The have sent three letters to the employer but he has never responded. I am going to the Social Security admin tomorrow in the hopes that they can tell me who this employer is so I can call them directly. Has anyone here had this happen?
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# Nick 2011-08-01 13:14
Is taking money from your Rith IRA account condidered as an income while you are on unemployment in Misouri
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# SM 2011-08-06 18:59
Shouldn't be. As such a Roth IRA is not considered "earned wages". Just a cash out from previously earned wages/employer contributions.
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# Jenn 2011-08-03 07:46
My boyfriend was claiming unemployment from June of last year until around Dec. when he found a job. After working a couple months at that job he found what he thought was going to be a better job, so he left the original job to take it; he worked one day and was never called again (it was a snow removal job so it was on-call and was supposed to lead to a grounds work position once snow season was over). He then re-activated his unemployment with no problems. Back in June he had to re-certify his unemployment claim; he'd found a new job at this point, however, it was still a couple weeks until he would start. During this waiting period unemployment contacted him, they were reviewing his work history and it just became a hassle, so he decided not to pursue it, choosing instead to do without until he was collecting a paycheck.
Recently he received a letter from unemployment saying that he owes them $4000 + due to a willful misrepresentati on. The employer that never called him after working 1 day said that he walked out on the 1st day. This is an absolute falsehood. He has requested a hearing, but we're not sure how to proceed. Essentially it's a matter of he said, she said, at this point. And we have a friend who lost in a similar situation because his employer falsely dated pay stubs to his own benefit. It seems the state is more prepared to believe the employer than the employee even when they're lying. Any suggestions on how to approach this issue would be appreciated.
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# SM 2011-08-06 19:07
You have to consider the burden of proof, and what is more credible. Snow removal is most definitely a seasonal/as needed type job. Are you positive your boyfriend never got a call, was asked to come back etc. after working one day? It would seem odd that he hired for a snow removal job worked one day in December, so mid winter, and then wasn't called again. If he already received a decision stating an overpayment, my guess would be a fact-finding took place and he did not participate and lost by default. When going to appeals, the best he can do is have his facts lined up. Most UI laws are intended to be liberally construed in favor of the claimant. If your boyfriend can credibly state he was never called back and didn't have a recall date after working one day, he stands a fairly good chance on appeals. My question would be, what does the employer have to gain by lying about the reason for separation? If your boyfriend only worked one day, they wouldn't be liable for his UI benefits etc. -- not sure why they'd bother contesting it. These cases are tough, since they really are he said/she said. Be available for the appeal, stay calm, and state your case is the best you can do at this point.
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# teresa 2011-08-04 05:19
is it fraudulant to claim children that do not live with you...my ex claims all 4 every since i can remember but weve been divorced for 10n yrs with a court ordered child support, i have had full physical custody..when he collects and claims them ,that means the state is paying over 60% of his order 'cause he gets $25 a week per kid...i was told that it wouldnt "catch up" to him unless i filed for unemplymnt and the kids socials got crossed...true or fraud?
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# Jenn 2011-08-04 11:39
If you're in NYS, the law is whichever parent contributes more than half of the child's support is entitled to the exemption. Basically it's based on how your child support is figured; if he pays 60% support & you pay 40% then he gets to claim them, unless it's stipulated otherwise in your divorce agreement. Regardless, there is nothing illegal about what he's doing.
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# teresa 2011-08-05 05:56
Quoting teresa:
is it fraudulant to claim children that do not live with you...my ex claims all 4 every since i can remember but weve been divorced for 10n yrs with a court ordered child support, i have had full physical custody..when he collects and claims them ,that means the state is paying over 60% of his order 'cause he gets $25 a week per kid...i was told that it wouldnt "catch up" to him unless i filed for unemplymnt and the kids socials got crossed...true or fraud?

i mean claims them for the unemployment funds..not as a tax deduction,that part is a court order, and on that he only gets 2 of 4, ,,my intrest is him reporting that they live with him to collect extra $25 per kid during layoff
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# Lynn 2011-08-10 21:43
I know of someone was fired from his job about a year ago and has been collecting unemployment since. He lives with his parents and his unemployment checks generally go into their pocket, though he has been working for his father's business since he started collecting unemployment. He doesn't not report his wages and has not been seeking another job. Is this unemployment fraud?
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# Vanessa 2011-08-11 00:36
I have been under the impression that my exhusband has been collecting unemployment benefits through NV for the past 2+ years. He continues to tell me thats why he's not able to pay his court ordered child support. I know for fact that he's been working under the table for his in-laws building Subways, as well as he has his own clothing company, and his new wife and him self have been working hard at their new found money making buisness selling Monive Health Drink. My daughter is on summer break there right now as we speak and tells me every day that dads at work. Yet 3 - 4 different incomes and still can collect unemployment from the state of NV, or this is clearly FRAUD?! Others need this service and to be abused is just wrong can you please let me know if this is even worth bringing up to NV DETR?
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# Krystal 2011-08-11 02:17
I live and work in Michigan and have had to use my FMLA for issues caused by work IE my mental health.My job told me due to using all my FMLA I would have to be fired until I get well then they want to hire me back in the mean time they want me to be on Long Term Disability which only pays 60 percent of my wages and in this day and age there is no way I could make it on that.Can I file for unemployment because technically I am being fired and Can still work???PLEASE HELP!!!

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I would like to clear up the fact that the Long Term Disability is provided via my current (soon to be ex)employer not through the state and I am not disabled in any way shape or form other then with the stress,anxiety, depression,ect because of my current job and I only have intermittent leave set up to allow me to miss work due to episodes and councilor visits but my current employer can not accommodate my Doc's request because my time is all used up.
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# Bobbie 2011-08-12 06:16
I was a manager for the HOME DEPOT. I worked there for 3yrs. I was fired after the 3yrs and a few months. I did qualify for unemployment and i started receiving my unemployment benefits for about a month or so. Just recently i found a job. I got the job, but the job was too far after they told me where it was, it took me about 3hrs to come home on the bus. Unfortunately i dont have a car so i use the bus for transportation. So, i did work for two days, 5hours a day so evidently 10hours for those two days. Then I quit the job because i was off from work at 7pm and i wouldnt get home till 11pm due to the bus. so im better off staying with the unemployment but...the questions are 1.will i lose my unemployment benefits for those two days i worked? 2. i received a check for $82.00 for those two days so do i need to report it? 3. should i be honest and tell them why i quit or should i lie and will that affect me loosing my benifits?
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# SM 2011-08-13 05:44
Better to get it out in the open and out of the way. If you just recently quit, the wages probably wouldn't be available yet to claim's staff, but they will be noted/reported sooner or later. Furthermore, a lot of states used new hire statistics, which could pick up your new employment. For me personally, I'd be always worrying when I am going to be caught. Just as soon give them a call and explain what happened and let the chips fall where they may. Losing your UI would still be preferable to being marked as a fraud/having a massive overpayment because you waited for UI to find out. As to your employment, UI may consider your current ability to work considering your lack of transportation. If you have worked full time in the past under those same circumstances though, there typically would not be an issue. The quit could honestly go either way, depending on the laws in your state etc. Most states appear to have a provision for non-regular employment, where you won't be disqualified from receiving UI if the job you tried for a short time is somehow significantly different from the job you were doing before, or the working conditions were significantly different. The standard tends to be "were the reasons for leaving necessitous and compelling and would any reasonable person confronted with the same circumstances have made the same decision?" It may also depend on who handles your fact finding. In short, impossible to tell without going through it. Had you refused the work because of the lengthy commute, that would be different, but you accepted the work and worked for a few days before resigning. Just my 2 cents worth. Good luck.
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# Monica Z 2011-08-12 18:47
I really scared. two months ago I was unemployment, a lot bills stacked up, so I did get approve for unemployment. Middle of july I did find a full time job, but didn't report it to the unemployment office, and still continued requested payments, only twice, and three days ago I received a letter from benefit investigation office. So I did call them back right away, and reported my earnings, I realized I have committed my first crime. I am REALLY scared, I pleaded with the officer not to press charge against me. The officer had asked about my earnings, and asked if I had read the unemployment handbook, I said I only scan through it. The officer said she will submitted the documents, and they will make a decision after 7 days by letter. I need help, what should I do in the mean time, I don't want to go jail, I have never committed crime before. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
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# alex 2011-08-15 18:52
Hi my question is ive been on ui for 7 mo. I accepted a job but found it was not for me. I have only worked 5 days i still have not closed my claim. Can i just walk away and continue my ui??? Please help time sensative.
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# jessica 2011-08-15 19:38
if i collected unemployement and worked and ddnt report my income...now i have the EDD overpayment which im paying back....things are getting risky at the workplace AL0T of layoffs...can i still apply and get unemployement if in the event i dont make the "cut"?
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# Bobby 2011-08-16 11:16
I had filed au unemployment claim in 20009 and received benefits. However, due to confusion on reporting part time wages, I was assessed a fraud determination and penalty. I repaid the amount in question but was also given a 31 week panalty. I recently was laid off again and went to file for benefits again. The fraud penalty to came up at the local UI office and I was told I would need to file claims for 31 weeks without receiving benefits. I told my employer the situation and my employer wants me to work reduced hours but continue to file my UI claim each week to get the 31 week penalty over with. I'm not exactly sure if I'm supposed to do that and I want to be very careful in how I deal with my UI situation. I do not want to be accused of any type of fraud again. Can I do what my employer suggests I do? I will not be making what I normally make and my hours will be reduced. I want to get the 31 week period over, as my employer wants, in case I need it in the future, but I want to make sure I am not breaking the rules. Any suggestions or guidance on my situation??
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# carley 2011-08-17 01:04
i know someone who moved to a different state and is having someone in the old state fill out and turn in the unemployment claim. they are then cashing the checks and sending the receiver the money. is this considered fraud?
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# Sheparhdt 2011-08-22 15:10
My now ex filed for Social Security Disability. 2 months later she re opened an unemployment claim from her home state. Collected 225 every week for 20 months while waiting for an ALJ hearing. Funny thing is Social Secutity never caught it becaused she used her previous name to collect unemployment. Wonder if she will ever get caught?
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# SM 2011-08-28 06:35
No rule that says you can't report it (if you are so inclined). Human Services and Unemployment don't necessarily cross reference their records. So unless someone brings it up, she may not.
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# Tori 2011-08-23 14:13
How can I prove someone is claiming unemployment?
My ex is $15000 behind in child support and was fired from his job for attendance. I got a email saying that he had changed his password and email address that was associated with his unemployment account which he never accessed unless filing unemployment. We have gone to court 3 times and each time he fails to provide the necessary information on his unemployment. With out a court order can I find out if he is in fact collecting unemployment? we are about to have a show cause hearing and I don't want him using the "I have no income" excuse when he does.
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# Sheparhdt 2011-08-24 03:56
An attorney can get that information by court order. Try contacting the one that handled the divorce, or a legal aid office. His UC can be garnished in most states for back support.
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# Cindy 2011-08-25 13:09
I am currently receiving unemployment benefits from Missouri, I am contemplating going to college to earn more credits in my field of law to obtain a job and better pay, while I am receiving my unemployment, can I go to college and receive my unemployment?

Thank you for your time and assistance.
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# SM 2011-08-28 06:33
Depends on the state, but most support training initiatives, which means you can collect while going to school at the time same without compromising the able and available standard. Check with your state and go from there.
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# Luty 2011-08-26 10:32
I am on my last extension. I am working as self employed on an odd job as housekeeper, etc. My employer has always been late on my pay but I report them to EDD each time even though I haven't been paid in full. My boss owes me now at least $700. What can I do? If I don't report anymore, it will be quitting. It could also be refusal to accept work. If I tell my boss I won't be able to work until he pays me that's also refusal and being unavailable to work. HELP!
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# SM 2011-08-28 06:26
The whole idea behind Self Employment is that you can't be fired or quit it. It would be like firing yourself from your own work. Furthermore, in order to constitute a refusal of work, it would typically have to be from a subject employer, who pays into the UI/UC system, has a tax ID etc. Check the laws in your state on that though. If you are concerned still, it doesn't hurt to take the necessary steps to protect your employment before getting done. Keep records of complaints to your employer, the EDD etc., so you have the records to show you got done for good cause. Again though, in my opinion if it was all odd job/self employment work, it's a moot point.
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# MIKE 2011-08-27 00:48
I WAS IN DRUG REHAB FOR A MONTH AND I DID NOT REPORT THAT WHILE GETTING MY 450.00 A WEEK UNEMPLOYMENT CHECK. IS THAT GROUNDS FOR FRAUD AND STOPPING MY CHECKS?
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# SM 2011-08-28 06:32
It sounds like you knew you were not eligible for those weekly benefits because you were not able and available for work while in rehab. It could still be considered/dealt with as a fraud, yes. In the majority of the cases though it would just lead to an overpayment for benefits received during the time you were in rehab. In many states you'd be eligible for prorated benefits if you were unavailable for just a few days one week (say if you went into rehab on a Thursday, you'd be eligible for partial benefits for the week claimed). If you are concerned, call UC and talk about it. Fraud is bound by certain guidelines (right to notice, right to an attorney, right to remain silent etc.), which typically means that once it is being addressed because you brought it up, UC can't suddenly turn it into a fraud unless you were properly notified of your rights and penalties before discussing the situation.
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# Tremaine 2011-08-31 13:12
My mom was recieveing unemployment benefits since Feb 2011. She was fired from one job but remained at a part time job where she worked 2 hours a week, 1 hr on Sat. and Sun. Since she has never filed for unemployment before, when she initially filed for it she noted that she did have another job, but failed to include 2 hrs worked for the week when she called for payment. SO since Feb. she has work 2 hrs a week and never reported it. Not intentionally. So that comes out to 52 hrs she didn't report. She was contacted and told she could face up to 5 - 10 years in prison for not reporting the hours. She pleaded (and cried) that she didn't intentionally do it it, she thought she already had let them know she had another job when she first filed. Is she doomed? I'm trying to keep a level head. I'm hoping they would let her pay back the overpayment, but would they, will they?
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# Site Admin 2011-08-31 13:25
Tremaine,
I am not an attorney, and this is not legal advice. If you need legal advice you should consult an attorney.

In my opinion, it is unlikely that your mom will get into much (or any) legal trouble or go to jail for this, as the state unemployment agency will most likely allow her to pay back any overpayment that she might have been paid.

While she should have reported these hours, it is understandable to me how she could have been confused as to whether she was supposed to. Unemployment, the unemployment process, and filing weekly claims is confusing.

Most likely, she would have been totally fine - working those 2 hours per week, if she had reported it - because you are allowed to work while collecting unemployment - it is just that she failed to report it. As for an overpayment amount, it is possible that she might not have been overpaid, since she only worked 2 hrs. per week.

I know this is stressful, and this is stress on top of your mom being unemployed - but it is unlikely that they will try to prosecute her. If they do try to prosecute her, she should consult an attorney. If she cannot afford an attorney, she should contact your local Legal Aid Society, Bar Association, or other group and inquire about Pro Bono attorneys. Pro bono means 'free', essentially.

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# janelle 2011-09-01 12:32
i am receiving unemployment, and was gonna go to school, however my ex employer appealed my case so i am waiting until that clears. if it doesnt it stated i had to pay back all unemployment compensation. my car payment is in my relatives name so he has been paying my bills. is that considered income on my behalf? and can they say that is fraud? they say i work under the table for wages just because a family member is self employed.
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# Jeff 2011-09-02 08:31
Hi-
I've been collecting unemployment for about 8 months, and just got my first temp assignment, for 4 days next week. My gross income will be slightly higher than my weekly benefit amount.

My question is, when I claim that income next time I certify, will it affect my benefit payment moving forward? I understand my payment for this period will be lowered based on how much I make, but I'm wondering about future payments. I have no guarantee of any future temp assignments, and I really can't afford to have my benefit lowered (ie: based on just this one week's income) if I can't find work for a while.
Thanks a lot for your help.

Jeff
Chicago, IL
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# Roger Morrison 2011-09-05 22:40
Question,

I have been on unemployment for about 7 months. I would like to start a small business that may develop into a full time job, but I am unable to afford to live without unemployment. I have the full intention of continuing to look for work each week (obviously you can't look for work for 40 hours) while trying to develop the web-based business as well in the off hours.

If I get a job offer I will quickly scrap the business idea, so I am definitely willing and available for work - and I am still looking for work, but does the fact that I plan on trying to be self-employed disqualify me from collecting?

Everything I have read seems to deem me ineligible the second I buy a domain name since I will be 'self-employed' even though I have no income and am still pursuing a job. Seems very dumb since it de-motivates entrepreneurial people to try to create their own job...
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# mbarnes 2011-09-08 13:50
(Missouri) I had my unemployment denied, I appealed and won. I never saw a dime. The card they sent was never able to be activated so I never withdrew anything. I received a letter stating that I was overpaid and I owe them money. Considering I was never paid anything and never even activated the card is there a way to dispute this?
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# SM 2011-09-09 04:22
Maybe no way to dispute the facts as such, however, if you were filing your weekly claims while the appeal was pending and won, the weekly benefits for those weeks would be put on the card. If you never drew them, they would still be there. You should be able to activate the card, call the collections office and pay what you owe using the card as a Debit/Credit card. In most cases these cards are offered through major banks. Once the funds are deposited on the card, UC cannot go in and withdraw them, because technically that is your money at that point (all for all intents and purposes you were paid). What made them say you now owe the money? Did your employer appeal to the next level and now you owe it? If the overpayment was the result of a fraud, then your best bet is to pay up. If it is an overturned decision or because of some other reason, a lot of states also have waiver procedures. Act now.. you're most likely on a timer to file an appeal/waiver/pay up.
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# MG 2011-09-09 13:08
Someone I know has been on unemployment for months, definitely more than 26 weeks. For a couple months she lived on the street after relapsing with drugs/alcohol, but still claimed unemployment all those weeks (possibly was a family member with her information). Now she's in a rehab facility and STILL collecting unemployment. My understanding was she had to claim her address, which she had none, and prove she was actively searching for a job, which she obviously was not. Does any of this constitute unemployment fraud?
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# kristin 2011-09-09 22:44
Okay I have been looking for work my checks have been coming as normal but you have to search 5 jobs a week and honestly I've applied. But the last couple weeks I've found nothing to apply for. So I didn't want to lie but know I didn't get a benefit check? The unemployment office is closed for the weekend and I'm worried any advice? Thank you
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# Chris 2011-09-13 15:50
What if I was in a rush and filed my claim incorrectly, IE said I wasn't away for 3 days if I was and was looking for work but didn't? I know there's a verification stage before you submit but what if it was skipped over? I'm trying to call the unemployment office as we speak but lo and behold, 3hr wait time
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# Davis 2011-09-16 14:55
I have been unemployed for most of the last two years. I have worked a couple temp jobs during that time (some PT some FT) and only reported part of the income. After the jobs ended, I still continued to report partial earnings as a way to make up for the times that I did not. I have been doing this for a while and have not heard from my state about it. I just want to know where I stand. my state does allow work while collecting benefits, but I did not want to risk losing them. If I am in a hole, should I be proactive and offer to pay some of the benefits back after I get a job
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# tammy 2011-09-19 07:28
Are you eligible for unemployment if you are laid off from a position by your spouse? I have been secretary for my husbands business for a long time unfortunately his business is down and I`m getting laid off. I`m going to have to find another job to make ends meet.
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# Eric 2011-09-21 17:13
I am getting UI benefits (2 weeks now) and am being offered a 100% commission job in my field of expertise. Due to the nature of the work (Sales) and the long cycle involved, I may not earn a commission (Sale) for 3-4 months. Will I lose my benefits? I live in GA and really need the little amount I get to offset COBRA.
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# Nay 2011-09-28 10:58
My husband worked for 6+ months,, but was laid off from an employer and is collecting unemployment. my husband wasn't paid overtime and wasn't paid for 1/2 hour in the morning that he worked loading work truck. he called the dept. of labor and filed a complaint. the old employer then turned around and called unemployment and told them that they had been trying to contact my husband to return to work, but could not reach him. So, unemployment stopped payment. my husband tried to call the company and they never answered or returned his calls. he told unemployment that not only was it false that the previous boss had been trying to contact him, but that he did not want to work for a company that went against labor laws, such as, paying overtime, etc. Long story short, he won the adjudication. Now,3 or so months later, unemployment is saying that they recieved information leading them to believe that my husband is operating a business of his own. Which he is not, but I did purchase business cards for him to TRY and start his own business, because he can't find work. But no money or work ever came of it. Now he's going to be audited by unemployment this Friday. My thoughts are that the same employer who duped my husband out of over-time and 1/2 hour pay in the A.M.'s, and tried to say that they needed him to return to work, when in fact they didn't, are the same people that made a bogus claim to the unemployment office that my husband is operating his own business. And I'm serously considering getting a lawyer and filing a slander suit on top of filing for overtime that's owed. my husband has no records or bank statements (only from his personal bank with his deposits from his UI and bills we pay out of that). I hardly think if someone was running thier own business while collecting UI, they would be $2,000 behind in thier rent and heading toward being homeless.
My point of this post is that it makes me ill that people have nothing better to do that falsly report other people just out of being vindictive. you're causing ALOT of needless aggravation, malice and financial hardship. Think before you feel like you want to "get back" at someone. Make sure you have FACTS and you're not just being vindictive.
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# j 2011-09-30 13:53
was working for my uncle and had a family disput with him so he laid me off and used other emloyees to do my job thats wrong but i got another job and he reported me but i did still file my benifits and recieve a check i shouldnt have i just wanna repay it and not loose future acess to benifits incase i get laid off at new job
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# Cassandra 2011-10-01 20:12
I have worked for a nonprofit in Southern California for two years. The organization misclassified many staff as contractors. Some workers complained, insisting that they were employees. Some of the complainants were heard and reclassified as employees. Others were ignored, and some did not care one way or the other in regards to their employment classification. Last month, the organization decided to “make” everyone an employee, effectively acknowledging that all had been misclassified as contractors. Just before the reclassificatio n process, many staff were laid off or fired due to “reorganization ”. One of the fired staff has recently complained to the labor board about not receiving overtime, vacation, and sick pay due to his misclassificati on. Another previously misclassified current employee has been advised by his doctor to take time off and file for temporary state disability, due to an undisclosed medical condition (not work-related). Will the ex-employee and current employee who were misclassified as contractors be able to receive compensation or benefits the same as if they had always been “employees”? What are the possible financial repercussions for the organization?
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# AliB 2011-10-02 01:08
I am currently receiving unemployment benefits from the State of Hawaii. A church wants me to be an independent contractor and perform Music for them for one day a week. They will pay $65. At the end of the year they will issue a 1099.

Will unemployment take the $65 out of my weekly benefit amount? Does it matter if the church pays me "bi-monthly", weekly, or once a month?

If i discontinue "self-employment independent contractor" work with the church, is that considered quitting work? Could I lose my benefits?

If i refuse to sign the contract and refuse the position to provide service to the church, is that considered refusing work? Could I lose my benefits? I have to meet with them tomorrow. Please help! I depend on my benefits right now to survive, until I can find a job.

Thank you!
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# SM 2011-10-06 17:26
Whether or not your UI would get cut depends on the state. Most states allow you to make a certain amount of money before deducting anything. As a 1099 employee you would be self employed and you'd probably be asked to report your earnings as odd job earnings. As to refusing work or quitting work that is 1099 work. A refusal of work would typically only be disqualifying if it is from a subject employer, which this is not. Furthermore, you cannot quit or be fired from your own job, and a separation, such as it is, would not need to be addressed. Hope that helps.
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# Fry 2011-10-02 23:08
my daughter works in home health care and just got a job, the first week she only worked 10 hrs and trained and continued to look the second week she worked a full 40 hrs but was told she wasnt really bonding with her client so her job my be in jeopardy so she didn't know number one how to claim this full week because she may not make 40hrs Does she fill out anything for her weekly file? What is she suppose to write or choose when she did work 40 hours this week and also if they let her go because she didn't bond with her client what is she suppose to do at that point does she have to refile or just keep it the way it is now and only file on the weeks that fall below 40hrs
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# noname 2011-10-03 16:20
what do you do if your on unemployment and your possible new employer says they will pay you under the table until you and them decides if you are a good fit for their company and tell you just dont claim on your unemployment benefits until they put you on payroll
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# SM 2011-10-06 17:29
You say no thank you. It is not your potential employer's UI claim, it is YOUR claim, and your possible fraud overpayment and disqualificatio n.

Most states require you work for a certain number of weeks (i.e. 5) before an employer becomes liable for your UI if a separation happens that is not disqualifying. I'm guessing most employers can figure out in 5 weeks if you're a good fit or not, keep everything above board while they do and not suffer any negative after effects. In short, it's not worth it.
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# Jane N 2011-10-03 22:33
Can the Dept of Labor in NY State track travel on my US passport. I left the country for a few days not realizing I had to report my travel to Dept of Labor prior to departure. I also claimed benefits for one week while abroad. I didn't mean to break a law. Can they track my travel history via a passort?
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# SM 2011-10-06 17:31
Not usually no. HOWEVER, why, if you knew it was wrong to collect a full week while out of the country, don't you just call the Unemployment office and report it. Worst that would happen is you have a minor overpayment and you'd get it off your mind.
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# chase 2011-10-04 15:00
I have been collecting UI since end of August and now I find out this morning when I call in to get my claim that my ex-employer told Unemployment that I went back to work with him Sept. 21st. I never did that! He told them I went back for training. I told the Unemployment office I never did. He's lying to them. I have been looking for work ever since I was fired. I was told they are going to investigate him immediately and I can still collect.

My question is, can my ex-employer get away with this? Can he lie to Unemployment like this to screw me out of collecting? Can he get into serious trouble for this and what would be the penalties? Do I have worry about anything and should I seek a lawyer?
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# Denise 2011-10-05 19:09
I collect unemployment from a employer I was laid off from and I've been working part time (only 4 hours a week) at a weight loss center. I've gained weight and am outside of the healthy weight to remain working there. If I quit, will it affect my unemployment benefits from the job I was laid off from? I don't want to or plan to collect benefits from the weight loss center, I just don't want it to effect my current benefits. Thank you!
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# George 2011-10-09 01:54
I work at a seasonal job from April-sept for a union. I went on vacation from June 9-12 and claimed benefits that week as ready willing and able to work unknowingly you couldn't do that while on vacation. I do so again on aug 14-20 while on vacation. I did that because there was no work those weeks. I have to call my union for work. Should I call unemployment and notify them that I unknowingly did this. What would happen if I told them? I'm in NY.
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# Marie 2011-10-14 13:32
I was an independent contractor/ consultant from 2001-2005,then a W-2 employee from 2005-2009 and was laid off and receiving UI benefits for 2010-11.During this time, while receiving benefits, tried to revive my consulting biz but have not received any income to report. I do have Schedule C expenses for IRS purposes. Is this allowed while receiving UI? I am reporting unemployment income and paying taxes on it.
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# Sora 2011-10-16 17:42
I have recently filed a claim stating that I lost my job because of lack of work. The fact is I had quit my job but the reason was same, "lack of work" Thus, I have recieved a mail from UI stating, I might have quit my job voluntarily. However, they have given me a chance to proof myself and asked me why I have choose "lack of work" as a reason for no longer working for this employer when I filed this claim.
I am so scared right now as it's my first time to encounter such matters with the Government. I seriously don't know how to handle this matter.
The reason why I had to quit this job was- I had to stay at home for like months and months without any work. My Manager would say "it's not busy these days and you are on stand by" Well, stand by here means no work( for us). Neither I get to work for them nor I can go out and find an another job for myself, cause they would call me for work anytime and any day( no fixed schedule) since I work as an on call. Sometimes I only get to work 7hrs/week. Maximum hours of per week is 35hours. That is how it made me quit my job.
I need a suggestion on how to reply back to the UI. Should I stick to "lack of work" as I had while claiming the benifit or should I choose "Yes, I quit" and explain them I had to quit because of lack of work? I am so tensed. I live alone and have no one to discuss this things with :( Please help me solve it ASAP, as I have to fax this questionnaire by 10/18/2011. In short, I want to know what happens if I choose to stick with "lack of work" instead of stating "I quit" ? However, Is there anyways I can get unemployment benefit if I choose "I quit" and give a reason as I stated above- "lack of work" ? Please provide me some suggestions on what I should do =___=
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# Paul 2011-10-20 15:45
HELP!!! ME!!! all the lawyers in the world push me away like bad meat!! i was working in the end of 2009 after gam got there bailout they started laying off gm contractors me at NYX.inc and other places... it was on and off they started to select ppl in shifts and started rearranging all the shifts around i changed shifts 2 or 3 times in a month, messed my schedual and i started developing IBS at the time it wasnt bad it was an imbarressing self esteem destroying pain in the ass literaly, i was taking more an dmore breaks to compensate for the cramping and diahrea, which led to my productivity dropping and i was selected to be layed off with a bunch of other ppl the whole night shift etc... so i was collecting UI, over time my stomache got so bad i had to go to the er they diagnosed me with som colitis or something,the pain wouldnt go away for a year, i hadnt had a solif poo for a year something was wrong, so i went to abunch of drs to find out whats wrong so far i have ibs theres no cure and its debilitating. so to pay for the huge medical debt i fell in and to save my just before my un employment ran out i decided to file for ssi or ssdi with binder and binder a year and ahalf into the process i get a job offer finally from michigan talent bank,second one since i filled out the resume, i have been looking for both full time and part time work any work i can get, and i was thinking about trying to only get part time work or full time work that would cator to my disability. so i wanted to clarify with binder and binder if that would effect my UI if i turned down the job if all they could offer me was regular full time, and if i took it temporarily seeing how it was only a temorary seasonal job any way if it would effect my ssi claim, they said it did and id have to ask for part time and make under 500 a week. but i should ask ui if theres any special step i have to take to be in the clear they said lots of ppl have ui and ssi at the same time, so i took there advice and talked to michigan un employment agency, and now im under investigation for some kinda fraud, 2 investigations medical to determine if i am disabled or able to work which will result prolly in me losing my ssi cliam and not having to owe ui money or prove im disabled which would result in my getting ssi and owing the ui like 2 years worth of unemployment, either way i see homelessness for me and a debt hole i cen never climb out of. i need help preferably for both ssi and ui i need to get both or im ruined but if theres a better way to go about it im open to suggestions, i need a lawyer that can help me with both or with ui and take into consideration how it would effect my ssi with binder and binder and how to do this stuff... help me please
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# Donna 2011-10-21 04:37
Hello my name is Donna. I have a questions I hope that you will be able to answer that involes 2 of my friemds. My one friend who was receiving Unempoyment befor he got put in jail in febuary well when he got put in jail he had given all his personal information to another friend who while he was in jail wound call in n report for him n then would go and take out the money for him and go and put it on his books so he could order comaserry n what ever was left over he would let the other friend keep for gas or what not. So my questions is how much trouble would they be in if I report them to our state this went on till he was released in aug so it was 6 months and we live in pa.
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# SM 2011-10-21 16:57
Both parties could be in trouble (though the friend on the outside doing the filing probably less so). The friend who gave his info to file while he was in jail for six months from the sounds of it could be (is) guilty of fraud. He certainly didn't meet the availability or looking for work standard of UI while he was locked up. In the end it is his UI claim and his benefits, in his name etc. As far as UI is concerned those benefits were paid to him and any overpayment and/or penalty would be assessed to him. His issue would be with UI and possibly the criminal system. As to the friend who did the filing for him, every week a weekly claim is filed, the person filing certifies the answers are true for the week claimed. Filing claims for someone else is a form of identity theft. Depending on the state, falsifying state government records in order to gain monerarily could be considering a minor class felony. Nothing to mess around with for sure. This wouldn't necessarily be a UI issue, but could be a criminal issue. Just a bad situation all around.
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# vane 2011-10-23 19:33
can i still file for unemployment while out of the country? is there any way the can check that i am out of the country for the state of virginia? is that fraud??? thank you !!
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# Edward 2011-10-26 02:01
Hello,

I received $2400.00 UI benefits in TX over a 6 week period., while I was just recently hired for a job in another state. Thus overlapping benefits with Salary. PLease tell me what I should do?
Im ready to follow up with the UI agency, however I do not know what steps to take? Will I go to jail etc. Please help
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# Charla 2011-10-26 04:38
it says that the person collecting unemployment has to include any job they accept and any additional money they recieve from this job, every week, if this person is not telling unemployment they are makeing a lot of additional money from their new job every week is this considered fraud? and can some report fraud on that person? and if the person is quilty of fraud what will happen to them?
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# Danielle 2011-10-28 22:11
How would a person KNOW if she is being investigated for unemployment fraud? Would she receive a letter from the Unemployment Bureau in her state telling her so?
Or would they do it secretly and then, if they felt that they had enough suspicion to go on, just come and arrest her, or what? How does a person find out if she is being investigated for, or has been accused of, fraud?
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# Mary 2011-10-30 11:10
I know of someone who was not able to go to work this past week because thier vehicle's engine blew up. They did not go to work the entire week, did not try to find alternative transportation, and filed for unemployment benefits for that week. Does that fall under (not being able/willing to work) Should he be allowed to file for benefits for that week? He's done this with other days as well..here and there. Is this Fraud?
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# Tracy S. 2011-11-01 19:28
Hi there, I have been receiving Illinois unemployment benefits for over a year now. I have been back and forth the Arizona to A: Look for a job, and B: Look for a permanent residence. I have been in AZ for a little while now and have not told IL that I am here. I technically still live in IL. Could I get fined for not telling them I am in AZ? I went to certify as normal today and the website said I can't certify at this time, and that I must call a local office.
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# CA/ER ? 2011-11-02 08:16
I am in NC and have some employees filing UE as an attached worker. How long can I keep them attached before detaching them and making them file their own UE?
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# John 2011-11-02 12:38
I recently recieved I letter for a telephone interview for UI benefits eligibility. I'm towards the end of my last extention so I didn't understand what I meant. So I went to the local One-Stop Center and got on the phone with an UI represenative to 1. see if I could get my interview sooner and 2. what was the matter of the interview. All she said was that there was an issue with me being self employed. Ive never been self employed. So after the phone call I spent the rest of the day thinking how they would come to that conclusion. I knew I didn't have any enemies who wanted to make up a totally false lie to get me busted. Then I remembered back in September I went to my bank to refinance my truck loan to get the payments lower. During the application processes the bank rep asked me if I still worked at my last employer that was on their file and I said no Im no longer with the company. Then she moved on to the next question. Long story short I got the loan.
So fast forward to now...I recently grabbed the paper copy of my loan application and when I got to the employment part she typed in Self Employee with my old companys address underneath. I then went to my bank's privacy policy and it states that it shares a lot of info including employment info with different agencies. So I think that information got to EDD and it raised a red flag and now Im in a huge pile of crap. So if infact this is the reason of their inquiry, what should I do?
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# shawn 2011-11-02 19:09
my ex boss told unemployment that i only made $ 2887.49 and i have only 8 of my pay stubs and just out of the 8 i have its over $3,000 and thats after taxes thank god i had some of them and i was fried cause once i found out he was takeing a exter $100 dollers out after taxes on a few of my checks i brought it up to him and he fried me i let it go intill now i tryed geting unemployment and then he's tryin to say i only made a little over 2,000 but my pay stubs prove other wise what do i do i was denied over him sayin this help me
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# Floyd 2011-11-05 09:07
An associate of mine was let go from a job on Arkansas and wants to file for unemployment. He was recently arrested on two felony charges, but has yet to go to court. Can he file for unemployment in Arkansas now or would he have to wait until the court hearing is over or he plea bargains.
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# mad 2011-11-05 15:48
This girl asked me to help her file her boyfriends unemployment while he is in jail....I believe this is not legal so I did not help her and she had someone else do it. Do they check into this?
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# Don 2011-11-05 23:29
Is it possible for someone in Ohio to claim both unemployment as well as financial aid? What are the penalties?Have a room mate who got fired from walmart, felt he was wronged, and filed for unemployment, the only reason he got it was because his employer (Walmart) mixed his forms with another person, ass. different apartment. Any who , any info on the reporcusions?
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# Alex 2011-11-09 20:09
I was collecting UI for about two months, later I have found an full time job and stop collecting. It has been month, I been working for the company and today my supervisor called me in the office and told me that, Im collecting unemployement and state requested my income. I knew for sure I did not collect, I then went back checked on my UI bank account to verify and there is money being deposited but no withdrawls or activity of the money being used in any wayor any where. What do I do in this case because the money still in the account. I was not aware of any this money being deposited. I'm not sure if someone is useing my SSN.

I"m also scared that I could be terminated from my job because it is a fraud a situation, i have no proof but bank statement saying all the money is there and no withdrawl have been made for about month.
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# Site Admin 2011-11-09 20:22
Alex,
I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice. My intuition tells me that if you stopped collecting, and have not withdrawn any money from the account - then it sounds like there is a mistake in play here.

My advice is that you call the unemployment office and explain to them that you think there has been an error. Since the money is still in the account, this is sounds like it is just a computer or book-keeping error - on the part of the unemployment agency.

As for losing your job - that's a tough one. Just be upfront with them as well, and I'm sure it'll turn out OK.

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# Renee S. 2011-11-11 10:47
On September 30, 2011 I was laid off from a fulltime job. I also have worked part time at another place for the last three years. I started taking classes in Auguest. I figured I would work parttime and go to school. I was doing this through the Workforce developement. They said I could receive benefits while going to school, and working the parttime job. My husband who is disabled, started declining, and I was having trouble keeping up at my parttime job. So I went to my boss and asked to cut my hours down since they would be cut anyway after the first snow (I mow and clean for a county housing authority). She said to me, that it was fine, but, and I quote " Please do not quit, because I dont have an unemployment fund and they will come after me for employment". I found that odd, but didnt really think anything of it at the time. I figured since i was still working for her they wouldnt come after her for unemployment anyway. So it ended up a week after I talked to her my husband had a heart attack, and has steadily declined. We just found out that he is terminal, and has very little time left. Things were going fine until I received a notice that Unemployment was investigating a claim from her that I cut my hours,. I called them and found out they were coming after her for unemployment. If she doesnt pay in, why would they have counted her in the first place, or is SHE committing fraud?
Will they hold all of my unemployment if they find in her favor, and they probably will find in her favor since she is state run,regardless of whether she is right or wrong, (Big Brother watches after his own) Shouldnt I still get funds from the fulltime job that laid me off in the first place. I also think it is horrible that it says on the paper that they can take up to 21 days OR longer to resolve the matter. Our government stinks. I did everything I was supposed to. It was Workforce Developments idea that I take classes, and they are affiliated with unemployment. I am NOT very proud of our country right now. We cant afford to buy my husbands prescriptions now....So I guess his time is even more limited.
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# sophia 2011-11-14 13:05
collected UI, received a job when I had only 2 weeks left of benefits. I put in for the last 2 weekd, because I will not receive paycheck for 3 weeks, can I pay this back?
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# stacy 2011-11-15 16:38
i drew 3 extra weeks of u.e. although i have worked all my life and at this time i had like10,000 in u.e.benefits left .I needed the extra money to get caught up on my bills and pay for a lawyer to get my 8 yr.old daughter out of a drug related situation.I no it was wrong what do you think my consequinces will be
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# C 2011-11-18 22:11
When I filed UE today,:the lady processing the claim, told me I had self employment issues, volunteer issues, availability issues and a we issue....

Where do I start with all of this ? I need your guidance
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# Confused in NY 2011-11-28 15:12
I have had an active claim in NY for 52 weeks. I work as an independent contractor part time. When I am working I stop claiming benefits when I stop I begin again. Unemployment is forcing me to apply for a new claim because it has been 52 weeks and they want to see if I can start on a fresh claim or if I move onto the extension. They are now investigating the company that I contract for to determine if they are truly hiring contractors or if they hire "Employees". I know for sure that they hire contractors but NYS is really taking them through the ringer to prove it. Is there anything I can do to speed this process up and help the company as I worry that if this continues they will never hire me again! Also, due to this investigation, I have not received any benefits for 4 weeks and I am in a tough spot. I am concerned that this will continue for months. Please, anyone with knowledge or advice on this matter, help!
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# SM 2011-12-30 18:26
It really goes depend on how quickly they can do the investigation. The issue is that companies spend less on people who are independent contractors, in part because they don't need to pay unemployment taxes on their wages. That doesn't always mean these 1099 contractors should not have been paid as employees. NY needs to determine if you qualify for regular unemployment, because under federal law, you cannot collect on a federal extension typically if eligible for regular unemployment. Also, if a company is incorrectly labeling employees as independent contractors to get out of paying unemployment taxes etc. that needs to be addressed and corrected. Nothing you can do really you to expedite matters usually. As long as you reported earnings/stopped collecting whenever you had earnings, the most you can do is ride it out and hope for the best.
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# Q 2011-11-28 16:04
Is it true that if you owe money to the Unemployment in one state, then move to another, they cannot come after you or file a civil suite against you , since its only tied to the state at which you collected? i was told this by a rep at the un employment office, when asked about it. She said that, the only way they can collect is if you lose your job in another state and need un employment again, then they can take part of it, otherwise its pretty much dead. They cant garnish your wages either. There are alot of people I know and have met and spoken with that have gotten bad info on how to collect Un emp and then get screwed by un employment, just try and get money back in a failing system. The reps that work for the state at which the money is given need to be more up to speed with the rules, before telling people they can file. Most people would never have had to pay any back, if they where told they could use it in the first place by the reps themselves. The state of AZ is a very bad place for employment and lots of people need those benefits, but lots also use and abuse it, but there is a lot of miss info given out in the state.
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# SM 2011-12-23 17:10
Not true. If you move ou of state, they can still garnish wages if you find a job out of state. Happens all the time. If you move to another state they can't take your state income tax though.
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# Chad 2011-11-28 23:17
Question,

My name is chad and I live in colorado.  My previous employer sent me an email today that the unemployment office audit dept sent a form to them asking them to confirm hours worked and money earned in the first quarter of 2011. In that email, my previous employer sent me, included a photocopied sheet they filled out before they sent it to unemployment office.(basically just letting me know they are providing this info).

I noticed that the income I had claimed and what my Employer claimed was a little off. I claimed I made around 900$ in 3 months or so and I actually made $1500. Reason being, I was providing estimated NET amounts as opposed to the GROSS amounts, unaware I was supposed to give gross amounts.   And I was getting paid bi-weekly and it was difficult to guess what my pay was going to be since I had to make claims every week.

I want to make sure I'm legit and want to be honest with the honest mistake I made. Should I call the unemployment office and tell them, wait to get a letter?
Will I have to payback overpayment? Can I get in legal trouble?  I've never been in any trouble in my life and I lose sleep over things like this.

I'm a very honest person and I'm very nervous about getting in trouble for an small honest mistake.

Any info will help. Thanks for your time

Best regards,
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# Pam 2011-11-29 15:19
My ex son in law has been collected unemployment for 2 years, going to court to report that he is actively looking for a job, and claiming on his income tax that he is a student and on unemployment, when in reality he is part owner in a business and has been working for the 2 years he claims to have been unemployed! We have proof from a PI and he has a web site that confirms this is his business. Plus he has been barely paying child support all that time. How do we go about reporting him?
Thanks!
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# jessie 2011-11-29 19:49
I recently overheard a converstation that my step daughter was having about her boyfriend who was just released from jail. While in jail his mother was calling in his unemployment benefits, he is not looking for work stated to me what is the point im going back to jail anyway. What should I do? I dont think its right
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# MATTHEW A. 2011-11-29 20:18
Hi, my brother has been receiving unemplyment in between jobs, he is in a union working as a bricklayer. as soon as the job ends he goes on unemployment until the next job comes up, in which he receives regular pay until that particular job ends, then temporarily back on unemplyment. My question is for the past few months i have been going online for him and applying for the benifits as he does not have internet access at this time. (I was not aware that he could do it over the phone). My first question is can I get into trouble for applying for him? the benifits are direct deposited into his account so other than applying every two weeks, i have no other dealings with this. My second question is my brother passed away a week ago, a day before he was eligible to have me apply again for his benifits. Can i still apply for his benifits for the last two weeks that he was alive in his place, like i have been doing for the last couple of months? Or will unemployment look at date of death and come after me for filing for his benifits after he has passed away? we are in texas. Thanks for your help, Matthew A. By the way the money would go into a fund im trying to establish for his estate as i am his power of attorney, or was, and I handling all of his finances and last wishes according to his will.
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# Skidkid6 2011-12-04 21:46
I landscape and I am seasonal worker and I have a definite return to work date. I have direct depositing for my unemployment insurance. My wife lives in Brasil and I can only see her durning my off season (winter time) so naturally I am spending my winter in Brasil. Is there anything wrong with having a immediate family member claiming for me so my money is still directly deposited to my account?
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# SM 2011-12-23 17:14
Nothing wrong at all, except that the relative is pretending to be you which would be considered a form of identity theft (no kidding). Also there is the minor issue that you'll be out of the country and not available for work which could be considered fraud. Then there's the fact that in spite of a recall date, unless you're given a waiver saying you don't need to look for work, most states require you to look while on UI and to accept suitable work if offered. So many things wrong with your story... may want to reconsider collecting UI if you plan on spending your time doing so in Brasil.
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# Layla 2011-12-05 10:34
I know that I'm going to get judged and yelled at but here goes. A couple of years ago I got laid off and started collecting unemployment. At some point down the road I got a temp job full time through a temp company and still collected unemployment. YES I was wrong and YES I shouldn't have done it so please no negative comments. Money was really tight and I was struggling and just needed the help. I'm not using this as an excuse just putting it out there. What consequences can I expect when it's found out that this was done? I've never been in any trouble, have a good job now but carry around this guilt and am scared...any ideas or help would be appreciated.
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# SM 2011-12-23 17:15
Chances are you might have an overpayment and possible period of disqualificatio n. Usually more minor cases don't lead to prosecution, as long as you work with the UI office if you do get caught out.
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# SM 2011-12-30 18:29
Re-reading your question... best thing for your peace of mind might be to come clean. If you bring the issue up yourself, and you are not mirandized before discussing it etc. chances are they can't even treat it as a fraud. It would allow you to deal with it, instead of always worrying when it might come out. Fraud cases in unemployment do not have a statute of limitations, which means they can still go after you a year, or two, or three from now. Give yourself a break and let the cat out of the bag. You'll sleep better I promise.
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# Jessie 2011-12-07 16:06
Helllo!! I collected UI benefits a couple months ago and noted that there were some differences in the amounts I declared (not intentional) as a result received overpayment I was not entitled to......my question is I'm assuming I should contact the UI office ASAP and let them know that I found some differences in the amounts I should've been granted and that I need to reimburse them for the extra amount.......I'm assuming that getting that fixed before they send me anything regarding overpayment is the best choice?
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# Claire 2011-12-12 10:42
My son was laid off from his job in RI and is thinking about moving to OH where the possibility of finding a job in his field is greater. Can he continue to collect his unemployment benefits until he gets a job in OH?
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# SM 2011-12-23 17:17
Shouldn't be a problem as long as he changes his address with UI in R.I and is following their UI laws. Happens all the time. :)
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# De Sha 2011-12-12 20:23
I have a friends that claim her husband unemployment while he was in jail. Do you think she should go to jail for that.
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# kay 2011-12-12 20:41
I recently received a letter from the Employment Security Commission stating that I was overpaid $34,000.
When I received the letter, I immediately emailed the Fraud Investigator apologizing for the overpayment and offered to set up payment arrangements.
I consulted an attorney today. I was told that I will be charged, criminally. I'm not sure if the was saying this to scare me into hiring him, but I also talked to a District Attorney. The D.A. told me that the only reason I would be charged criminally, is if I defaulted on my repayment agreement, with the ESC.
To date , the E.S.C. has not charged me with a criminal offense. I have been trying to reach the fraud department, all day today. No one has returned my call or answered my email.

Do you suggest that I call ESC Headquarters, to set up payment arrangements or should I hire an attorney. I am still receiving unemployment benefits. For now, this is the only income that I have to make repayments.
I know that I may be disqualified from the program. If that happens, there will be no way for me to repay . Thanks
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# SM 2011-12-30 18:21
Rely on what you are being told by the E.S.C, not what an attorney tells you thinking he can make a buck off you. Though your overpayment amount would certainly put you into the realm of possible prosecution, if you're being told to follow the repayment plan and they won't charge you criminally, go with that. Again though, that is a HUGE overpayment. I've seen them go to court for far less.
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# Lisa 2011-12-21 17:44
Ok so I worked for a company for a month, they called me in one day and said "we made a mistake when we hired you"
now the day before they told me they could not make payroll to many people in the dept. so I thought they were laying me off.
I open a cliam with EDD and I said I thought I was laid off.
It came back from the employer that they said I was not a good fit, now EDD thinks I made a false statement, I had my tele. interview yesterday, and at that time I told them I really thought I was laid off. Now they said it would be 3 says until they decide, anyone have experience with this?
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# Leanna 2011-12-27 12:35
If I sell my personal boat while on unemployment is that considered "earned income". I might have a broker sell it or I will do it myself. Then what ever I get, I get in money for sold property. I am currently unemployed. This was never my line of work by the way. I am in CA.
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# SM 2011-12-30 18:18
It would not typically be considered income. You didn't "work and earn" the money.
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# Jade 2011-12-28 21:05
Hello I am looking at going back to school and wanting some info on grants or anything that would help! My husband is a union worker and is layed off alot and i was wondering if i can get something to help us out?
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# melvin 2011-12-31 12:21
Can you collect benfits when your home address is from another country but you worked in the united states and use some buddys else address in the united states to file from
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# SM 2012-01-05 06:35
It depends on a number of things. Are you now back in the other country, trying to collect Unemployment in the U.S. from your wages earned here, or are you still in the U.S. and able to work here and actively looking for work? If you live abroad, chances are you would not meet certain requirements of unemployment necessary to collect. The only exception would typically be Canada, with whom the U.S. has special arrangements when it comes to collecting unemployment in Canada based on wages earned in the U.S. Check with your local unemployment office.
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# Danyle 2012-01-04 14:13
What is the Penalty for collecting unemployment while being incarcerated..& had another person claim the benefits weekly online?
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# SM 2012-01-05 06:29
It would be considered fraud. Consequences could include, a period of disqualificatio n from receiving further benefits, a penalty on top of the money received that has to be repaid, criminal charges depending on the severity/period of the fraud. Also, the person filing for the one incarcerated might have to deal with an identity theft charge. Rare, but possible, since they were pretending to be you.
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# Sunny 2012-01-04 16:34
I have a previous employer who started receiving unemployment when she lost her job. She decided to start her own grooming salon with me as her groomer, she is still receiving unemployment because she does not want to draw a check from the business due to it lowering her unemployment check. Problem is she uses her personal bank account to deposit all the checks and cash from the salon and uses this same account to pay her mortgage, credit cards and my paycheck. It has been almost 2 years and the salon is pulling a profit now but she's still claiming unemployment. I know this isn't right but i have no idea what i need to do?
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# SM 2012-01-05 06:32
You can report her anonymously to the unemployment office. The business would have left a trail somewhere. Is she paying you by personal checks from her own account, or does she withhold payroll taxes etc.? If not, she could be in much hotter water than just defrauding the unemployment office. Even IF she has not drawn a paycheck for the past two years, the issue remains whether or not she was actually unemployed during that time. Someone who works 40+ hours a week is not typically considered unemployed. Some states have special programs that allow people to collect their unemployment while establishing their own business, but it doesn't sound like that is the case here.
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# Gita 2012-01-07 10:32
I own a translation agency which provides different language interpreters for local courts, law offices, etc. I am the only employee managing this business. One of interpreter’s, whom I haven’t even used since November of 2009! filed for unemployment insurance claiming that my business was her last employer. The fact is all the interpreters are freelancers, they are not required to accept every assignment coming their way, are free accept assignments from other translation agencies, and are issued 1099 at the end of the fiscal year.
I disputed the claim twice stating that she has NEVER been my employee - first time the Unemployment facility determined that she was considered a freelancer; second time, after this interpreter filed the same claim for different fiscal quarter - and I, again, disputed the fact that she was my employee - the Unemployment facility determined that she was considered an employee due to the fact that I was providing services in the same line of work as she was!!! The fact is - we interpret into different languages. I requested for appeal hearing and waiting for the date to be set.
My question is, this person is falsely claiming to be employed by my company - shouldn’t it be considered fraud? Also don’t officers handling the claims verify the information such as: individual tax returns and w-2, etc.? What are my rights as a small business owner? It is so time consuming to go through all the documents in order to deny these claims. Who will reimburse me for this time?
Thank you!
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# Kimberly 2012-01-10 01:00
I just got 2 determination letter saying i was denied cuz one i didnt report 5 jobs search which was understandable but i fax it to them but they really need 10.The big issue here is i got a called on1/3/2012 asking about my claim she ask me about employer which i didnt put down because i wasnt filing UC from them cuz i work there still at nite part time 2.5rs anite....I was filing for my fulltime job i was with for 4yrs which terminated me on 12/15/11 the second letter said denied cuz i quit the nite job which i am still at i think the lady got all this wrong i never told her i quit that job but i didnt know when i claim my weeks to claim my nite job cuz i work 25rs total bi weekly so my mistake so i had to appeal but i didnt receive no money from them while working thank god cuz that would of been fraud whats is my chances with the appeal it wasnt like was trying to hide it i thought they system no all them things im new at this when i file it said all employers im claimg for UC and i work for a yr which i started nite job 9/12/11 im soo confuse need money dont know how im going to pay rent lights water and etc
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# Allison 2012-01-11 10:12
Hello, I am currently receiving UE from Ohio. I will have to move from my home there and was wondering of I can still collect UE in Ohio if I move in with my parents in Michigan?
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# Gabby 2012-01-16 05:40
ok i got a big one.. If an illegal immigrant is using my social to work can i claim his wages on my unemployment? i dont know if i can get in trouble for it or not... I would also like to know how this would affect my Income Tax Return. what should i do?
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# rachel 2012-01-21 02:01
if i went for a interview for one location and they say its for a farther location out of my commute and i take the bus and its a 2 to 3 hr bus ride home i told the interviewer its too far and there was no job offer am i ok to claim weekly check or do i say i denied a job
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# Jeromy 2012-01-27 19:36
I was recently picked up on a warrant issued in october of last year on unemployment compensation fraud, but prior to october i was in contact with the investigator of the case in which i was involved in and informed her i would be making payments as soon as the next week, which i have sent payments ever sense which was prior to october and they still issued a warrant for my arrest and sense my release ive sent another payment, so my question is what am i suppose to do now? Do i contact the unemployment investigator and talk to her i really dont know what to do . it doesnt make sense for further action being the fact that im making payments, thanks.
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# sara 2012-01-30 04:12
If you apply for UI in NC shortly after being released from the military and leave the US for more than year but don't notify anyone while still collecting UI is that considered fraud and what are the repercussions
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# Tawn 2012-02-06 14:37
I am unemployed in Kansas. I recently interviewed with a company and they offered myself and others a 30 to 90 day contract (getting a 1099, we are responsible for all taxes) as a part time work. Within this 30 - 90 day period one of us may be offered a full time employee position. It seems this would be a good way to try out a job and it is the only way they consider hiring.

I thought this would work out okay with my unemployment. I would only be working 20 hours a week, so I could still file for unemployment and receive the difference of what I make and what I am eligible for in unemployment. However, I have already been required to work over 20 hours a week. I will be compensated for my extra hours, but now I am over part time and my amount eligible for collecting unemployment.

My question are:
1. Do I still file unemployment claim each week with my total hours and pay even though I am over?

2. If I do not report because I am over 20 hours and my allowable dollar amount, and this contract is terminated or does not result in a full time position can I go back to collecting my unemployment? Or do I have to refile and hope I can get it back?

3. If they change this contract to 40 hours a week is it the same answer for question 1 & 2?

4. I have been told they may change this contract to 40 hours a week, if I turn it down am I still eligible for unemployment?

thanks!
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# Ryan 2012-02-10 21:17
I have a question and I'm really scarred Ive crently been getting unemployment for 5basic months now and I have. Month left . When I claim each week I do it from my phone since I don't have a computer. My concern is that I work part time and I claim yes but when I enter the amount it never enters it ion correct it somehow auto saved the first amount I ever entered and it kept using that number but over the past 5 month's I've probably made 3000 more than I claimed should I enter more in my next 2 or 3still weekly claims to make up the difference or what I'm scared and don't want to get in trouble
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# mk 2012-02-28 11:33
i have a question i know someone who is working instead of working full time they cut his hours and now he is workin part time hours and collecting the other half. by acciddient he put the wrong amount down and now they are investagating it. what can happen if it was a mistake and they wrote a statement up
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# Vernon 2012-02-29 18:42
My former employer asked me to work as a consultant for a client for two days in January. I reported this to UI and they have frozen my unemployment. Yet, my former employer asked me prior to this predicament to continue consultancy work for three more months (couple of days per month or so). Please note, I am actually working for the client and not the organization in which laid me off. This I tried to explain to UI regarding the two days of work and now I dont know what to do about working a few days or so during the next three months as asked. Perhaps I should have put employee of the client instead of self-employed? I dont want to lose my UI for only a couple of days of work. Please advise!
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# architect 2012-03-08 22:20
I am currently a young professional in the toughest job market in the nation. Anything in the arts has the highest unemployment rate; architecture being the top of the list. Beyond this, I live in Florida, which also has a high unemployment rate. Having said this, I lost my job to a mass layoff and immediately filed for unemployment. I read new regulations about having to submit job searches on a weekly basis, but no where did I read you needed to keep your own record of it. I went to the nearest Career Center and now they need detailed contact information of all my job searches backtracking two months ago. All I have are careerbuilder.com and craigslist.com links I can recover from countless emails sent, but I don't have the Name, Address, Phone Numbers of Employes as requested by the Agency for Workforce Innovation. I find this counterproducti ve to ask for this 6 weeks after the fact. Will I be penalized for not having detailed information if I have already submitted it on the fluidnow website? I understand they're trying to crack down on fraud, but it seems extensive to ask for this six week after the fact when it has already been submitted online.
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# Angelo 2012-03-09 14:13
If I have been charged with unemployment fraud, would this effect my ability to attend college (either community or regular unviversity)? Thank you.
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# SM 2012-03-25 09:40
Not unless you're convicted and go to jail. Or, if you're looking for student loans to go to school and you have a massive debt to unemployment on your record. Might affect your ability to loan money due to your debt to income ratio.
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# Hope 2012-03-09 14:31
I have an employee that works part time on call. When we call for him to come in or are expecting him to come in he does not show up either because he doesn't have a car to get here or a doctors appointment, or he has to pick up a family member from the airport. He is currantly filing for unemployment do to his lack of hours worked. We have work for him but he doesn't show up. Is this considered unemployment fraud??? What can we do???
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# SM 2012-03-25 09:39
Not usually, no, but refusing work for the reasons stated could both relieve you of the unemployment charges to your account if you're the chargeable employer, as well as cause the unemployment office to address a possible availability issue with the claimant. In the end, unemployment is a way to continue stimulating the economy for those that are not working due to no fault of their own. If suitable work is available, the expectation is that the claimant accepts the work whenever possible. Up to you if you want to report it to the unemployment office. Personally I think everyone has an obligation to ensure the integrity of the system by doing what's right.
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# kim 2012-04-02 16:08
I CLAIM MY 2WEEKS BUT FOR ONE WEEK I FORGOT TO PUT MY EARNINGS BUT I DID FOR THE SECOND WEEK THEN AFTER I SUBMIT IT I REALIZE AND CALLED UNEMPLOYMENT BUT THEY SAID THEY SENT A CHECK OUT FOR THAT ONE WEEK WHICH IS NOW A OVERPAYMENT CAUSE I WORKED AND HONEST MISTAKE FORGOT PUT MY EARNINGS BUT I ALWAYS ADD MY PART TIME EARNINGS BEFORE THIS MISTAKE JUST FORGOT BUT I CALLED THEM SAME DAY LET THEM KNOW WHAT HAPPEN NOW
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# Victoria 2012-04-07 20:55
I started receiving unemployment benefits in 2010 for the first time I was layed off durning the summertime my position was eliminated do to the economy durning the summer I was completed layed off around september I started working again I work in catering so I wasn't guaranteed to work every day for the first few fall and winter months I continued to collect unemployment but did report that I was working when they finally caught me in march they hAd first asked me if I reported them I got scared and told them I did they saw that I had lied and sent me a letter of how much I overpayments I received witch was about 3,000 or a little less than that but no more that that amount they said I will not receive and benefits until the balance was paid off and I had to continue to file under insufficient funds every 2 weeks to bring down the balance witch I did I didn't receive and payments from them from April 2011 to July 2011 in July I noticed they had deposited several checks in my back account so I assumed I was all payed off because the letter clearly stated I would not receive any benefits until the balance was completely paid off but then the next week I filed again because I had not worked that many days and it said on the website I had to call the office I didn't want to deal with unemployment any more so I just stoped fileing and my application got closed after months and months of not hearing a word or phone call from them I recieved a letter today witch is Saturday April 7 2012 saying that I have to take this test for a claim dated may 30 2011 witch if I remember correctly is the day my claim was to expire now I'm scared I thought I was all payed off why are they contacting me now after all these months almost a whole year they letter also said if I didn't contact them they may terminated me from receiving unemployment I'm so scared can anybody help
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# Juliet 2012-04-10 11:49
I've been collecting unemployment for the last 3 months straight with no problems or issues at all.

All of a sudden - out of the blue - my claim was audited and i received a letter in the mail stating that i need to explain why I'm no longer working for my last employer. I'm totally confused right now because i already explained all of that when i first applied for benefits online and it never seemed to be a problem before because i was approved.

Apparantly - my last employer (who I'm collecting benefits from) is claiming that i voluntarily "quit" my job which isn't true.

They actually "laid me off" due to the economy and told me that they didn't have the available funds for my position anymore.

I can't prove that they asked me to leave and they can't prove that i quit so i called the unemployment office and decided to talk to them.

I was on hold for an hour and 20 minutes before i finally got through to a very RUDE customer serice operator who explained to me that my situation is not a he said, she said thing. I said they let me go and they said i quit but none of that matters.

Bottom line. End of story.

What matters is the fact that i need to explain what happened with that job and they will do an investigation and if the results show that i did in fact quit - i will be prosecuted and have to repay all of the money!!!

I am soooooo confused and upset right now and i don't understand any of this.

I applied 3 months ago and my previous employer never said anything to anyone about anything so why are they saying this now?

Why didn't they fight the claim when i first applied?

Why didn't they fight those benefits?

I never voluntarily did anything so i have nooooo idea what they are talking about. Neither one of us can prove it either. I never turned in any kind of resignation letter with my signature stating that i wanted to quit and nobody asked me to sign any kind of paperwork stating that they were letting me go so now what happens?

I did nothing wrong. I answered all of the questions truthfully so it's not fair that i might get into trouble if they can't prove it.

HELP!!!
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# Mel 2012-04-27 18:47
I worked full time at a call center, while employed there I was offered a job back into the medical office setting at full time position.( I had previously worked for 16 years in a medical office) I gave my notice to call center and took the job in the medical office. But after being hired I was only getting 20-24 hours per wk. I asked why and employer stated she could pay other employee 8 an hour instead of paying me the higher hourly rate. I applied for unemployment and because I voluntarily quit the call center I was denied benefits. I don't understand how they can deny me? Any help would be great. thank you
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# SM 2012-04-29 15:09
It would really depend on the state laws, and the best way for you to understand why you were denied is to dig in a little more. Some states do have a provision that a voluntarily leaving of employment would NOT disqualify you if the leaving was because you in good faith thought you had found new, full-time employment that did not materialize. You can always appeal the initial decision, but make sure you educate yourself. The whole idea is that it would not be fair to have your former employment be liable to an increase in their experience rating because your UI goes against their account. After all, it was not their fault that you decided to quit for a different job. In some cases states do have the option to charge a general fund for benefits, relieving your last employer, but allowing you benefits. Read up and go from there is best advice I could give.
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# Rachel1234 2012-05-04 15:06
I would like to know the maximum number of weeks a layoff can be to qualify as temporary.
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# robert 2012-05-20 16:05
is collecting unemployment benefits from another state fraudulently a federal offense?
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# Nancy 2012-05-22 16:59
In Michigan, I did not report wages when i should have while collecting unemployment benefits like 6 years ago, and recently paid off the restitution, can i file and receive benefits in the future now? say if i get laid off tomorrow will i ever be able to collect befits after what i did?
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# Hanna 2012-06-14 16:41
Nancy, I was wondering how long was it before they sent you a letter asking you to pay off the restitution? you said you claimed 6 years ago. Does it mean they just found out or did you report it yourself 6 years later? Also, were there any penalties involved? Did you just have to pay the money back or did they want to have a phone interview, court hearing etc?
I recently told them that I haven't reported my wages working as a freelancer in 2011 while claiming (stupid, ignorant mistake on my part). So far I sent them the explanation letters and I've been audited but the audit stated that I was eligible to receive benefits during that year - that's all. Not a word that I have to pay them back. I spoke to their representative today but at this point I only give them the information they ask for being afraid that if I say too much - I'll bite me in the back (and I am not going to say I haven't reported wages every time I call them - it's stressful and embarrassing enough once) I know I will have to pay them back but was just wondering how long it might take before the doom's day.
Regarding your question: I am pretty sure you would be eligible for benefits again unless otherwise stated on your "punishment" letter from them.
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# patricia 2012-06-21 09:27
I had an employee that is drawing unemployment and is working and she has been turned in .How do I find out if she is still drawing unemployment? Its not right she is drawing that I cant afford to pay.
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# patricia 2012-06-21 09:44
I have an employee that is working and drawing benefits in W,V.they said she has been turned in and she wasent turning in wages. How do i find out if shes still drawing unemployment on my bussiness?
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# dave 2012-07-09 20:31
I have recieved unemployment in the past but it was determined that I was overpayed because I failed to report a part time job I had. As most people are we a struggling at this time. I have a part time job now but do not make enough to support my family of 4 (wife and 3 kids). Often we borrow money from my father in law in order to pay bills. Is there anyway of filing for debt forgivness. Thank you for your response. I live in reno nevada
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# Kae 2012-08-27 22:38
Dave, what was the outcome for your situation?did u have to pay a penalty?please let me know cuz im afraid I might have the same situation. Thanks
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# StressedG 2012-07-10 03:05
Hello-

I have been collecting partial unemployment for 4 years. I got a letter in the mail informing me to call a Regulation Agent (michigan) I did and now I am being invesgiated- all the agent said was I was overpaid in benefits (for those 4 years) $20,000. I am a waitress. I make $2.65 an hour plus tips- (daily income varies) I was told, since I called unemployment to let them know I found a job with minimum hours- if I could still get unemployment ( orginally 4 years prior.) They said yes. I even had taxes taken out of my unemployment amount- and have a professional tax preparer. All the sudden this is being investigated? Why? Isn't my employer suppose to report to the state my earnings, and unemployment gives me a weekly amount (that's what I was told.)

I do not have a record. The only thing I've ever been guilty of is 2 speeding tickets (which have been dropped 15 years ago.) I'm a return to college student with only a few more classes to complete. Do I file bankruptcy? Will this affect me actually getting full time work once I am done with school? I was told I would get a letter to make a court appearance and plan on showing up because I am very angry.

I'm scared- I can't sleep or eat- I am upset and angry. I did was I was told- why wasn't this looked into? Did my employer do something wrong? I pay my bills on time- live in my parents house, have a car that's 15 years old & about to die, work whenever I can scrap up hours- I do not have $20,000.

Please- any advice of what is going to happen to me or what I can do?
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# degenerate criminal 2013-03-05 15:09
i dont really have advice u can read my story at the bottom but ny state asked for 4000 back from me witch i dont have and do notintend to pay i recived 15 to 20 threatening letters saying i owe money and i commited fraud and that i may or may not go to jail lol its a joke that was a year ago and i havent seen the cops yet or even got a new letter since i called and said sure ill give u your money back and set up a 2 year plan lol i havent paid a dime im poor as u can be right now so im hopeing for jail better then what i got now.... if i were you id contact a unemployment insurace lawyer they will usually give you a free consiltation .... good luck
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# tasha 2012-07-18 16:37
If I had a very temporary job and didn't report the earnings (it was less than 300) am I going to get in any legal trouble?
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# Dave 2012-07-26 22:55
I was on unemployment for about a year, moved to another state and found a job. I continued to claim UI benefits for about 7 weeks after I started my new job, because of financial reasons and I wasn't sure if the job was really going to work out (Commission Sales). It actually is working out and rather well. I got nervous that I was gonna get caught and jeopardize my new job so I stopped claiming UI benefits.

I tried to contact the state unemployment office where I had moved from to let them know that I had found work, but there phone is always busy (a similar problem I had when I first set up my UI benefits). I did not file a claim for the next 5 weeks.

I received a Earnings Data Request about a week back and decided it was best to come clean. I explained that I had started part-time, but eventually went full time and that I realized that I had made a mistake and that I would like to set up a repayment plan.

I don't care about the amount of the repayment or that I might not be able to collect UI benefits for a period of time. I just don't want a criminal record or for word of this situation to get back to my employer.

My questions for you are:

What are the chances that they will file criminal charges?

Will they notify my current employer? I work in a highly regulated industry and any sense of fraud will cause me to lose my license.

I appreciate any advice or similar situations that anyone is willing to share.
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# Debbie 2012-07-30 10:01
Is it okay to work under the table full-time and collect unemployment benefits without reporting the income to UIA. Several other people are employed by this company working under the table and even though they aren't reporting income they are not on UIA benefits.
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# Jimmy 2012-08-01 03:24
I was forwarded to an adjudicator to explain why I left my job voluntarily. I quit because I wasn't getting along with my team lead, and there wasn't another internal job available for me to switch to. But I didn't think that was a valid reason, so I lied to the adjudicator. He then told me he would investigate, so now I'm worried. Will I get in trouble for fraud? What is the punishment? Note that I was never paid any amount (so I have nothing to pay back) because of this issue.
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# john 2012-10-03 17:41
hi i was wondering i have a friend was collecting unemployement for a bout 3 weeks. the first reason was beacuse he didnt know he had to report it unless he made more than his weekly benefit amout. 2 reason was because he wasent sure how long he would saty with the job.. Is his unemployement gona be termanated? and wts the best way to deal with this situaton. it was an honest mistake. he was trying to provide for the famaly wgts gona happen?
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# Nancy 2012-10-13 01:50
Hi. I have a question...I was a bus driver and during the summer break I started my unemployment..( lack of work) when the school year started back I did not go back to work but I continued to collect unemployment ...how much trouble am I in...because one of the questions they ask you is( have you refused any offer of work).....
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# david 2012-11-29 07:57
if my employer gave me the responsibility of paying the ui taxes but no funds were available for 3 quarters and ui was not paid will i be held responsible along with owner of business how shall i proceede to fix problem i did notify owner
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# Anonymous 2012-11-29 13:44
I have a friend whose husband just left her like 2 days ago. His unemployment came in and she used some money to buy things for their children. He said he is going to press charges on her for fruad. Can he do that since they are married with kids?
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# Duke 2013-01-08 17:26
I was given a severance when I was given the lay-off, but I never declared it when I filled up the unemployment bi-weekly claim. I was told that I had to declare that in my annual income tax. Now, the Texas Workforce is telling me that I should have done it. Could it be considered as a fraud? It was never my intention to hide any information and I just followed was I was told to do and wait for the annual income tax to declare it.
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# wondering #1 2013-01-16 09:11
I've been on unemployment for 3 years, I was on the union waiting list for over 2 years with no job or leads, I decided to make items and sell them on the internet while still filling applications at various stores, I am no longer in the union after a rep told me to get out of the union and hung up on me after asking for advice. So now its been 1 year since I started a web store which I only get paid if I sell something, most times its just enough to buy supplies but I do add as earned income. Edd even told me that I could still get edd checks while earning a little income. Is this fraud?
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# Lia 2013-01-23 13:00
HELLO ALL I HAVE A QUESTION....SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!!!!! Myself and another lady were recently laid off on 1/4/13 and I applied for unemployment that same day. And SOMEHOW (because these things only happen to me) my company reported all of my wages to NJ instead of PA. (The company I work for has 2 PA offices and 1 NJ office), so THEREFORE, I got my financial determination back from UC and it said that I was ineligilbe because "I have no PA wages", so I immediately contacted my employer, and of course they said this never happened before..blah, blah, blah,. Well, I was promised it to be fixed (they had to ammend all of my wages since 9/2011) in two weeks and today is the 2 week mark. Well, I got a text this morning from the accountant and he told me when I called that they neeeded 2-3 more weeks!! I literally thought that he was joking...said hahah your funny, but no he was dead serious!! He then said that they wanted to deposit $200!! in my account (wth is $200 going to do)?? Has anyone ever heard of this crap??? This is crazy!! I am a single mom who takes care of my 3 yr old daughter by myself!! No help paying the bills! I don't live for free, and now our well-being is at stake, rent is due on the 1st and all of the bills! Are they allowed to do this? (** Just a side note: the other lady that I worked with her UC went through fine and she is good to go**) ANYONE WITH ADVICE AS TO WHAT I SHOULD DO PLEASE HELP.....I DON'T HAVE A PENNY TO MY NAME......
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# sylvia omg 2013-01-31 16:30
omg! I am so scared I collected edd benefits I did interpreting for patients maybe 7days a month and did not think it was enough to report to edd although one of the question was if there was any income earned for the month and I never reported it what are the consequences for fraud might I go to jail please help im desperately stressing
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# JGJ 2013-02-25 16:45
A friend of mine left the country for about a wek and a half. He was unable to file his claim while out of the country so he asked his sister to file for him. Is that a crime and can his sister be legally liable if it is?
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# S 2013-03-09 17:08
If he was not able and available for work for that week and a half he would not be eligible for benefits. Depending on the reason for his leaving the country (vacation, funeral etc.) he may be eligible for a partial or lose every week during which he was gone fully or partially. It is your friend's responsibility to keep his UI claim information confidential. Giving it to his sister still means he is responsible for any claim filed on his behalf. Having said that, her filing in his name, pretending to be him, is considered a form of ID theft. It's a tangled web we weave and all that.
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# degenerate criminal 2013-03-05 14:48
well i got laid off went on unemployment then stoped filling claims
(like i was sapposed to) when i got a temporary job at a fast food resturant it was temporary cuz i was trying to go to school and it was a night job and the right ppl were notified that i couldnt work nights past the summers end so when summer ended i got fired cuz i couldnt work nights so i called the unemployment place and asked the guy on the phone what i should do he told me to sign back up and actually did it for me i didnt even sign myself up the second time..... he filled out the form for me ... and then the boss at the fast food place finds out my brother is sleeping with a employee that the boss was obsessed with well a few weeks later my benifits get cut off and i keep getting threatening letters saying i commited fraud and they want there money back bc tha fast food joint aka jealous boss told the unemployment place that i quit ... that was 9 months ago and i now work under the table cuz i refuse to pay tax's to a currupt govt and they havent arrested me witch im waiting for lol max sentence is 5 years and i have zero crminal record incxluding not even one traffic violation lol so im just waiting to go to jail if they ever come get me i mean it doesnt bother me going to jail for a crime i didnt commit im poor lol jail sounds nice compared to what i have now..... jail offers free health care including dental 3 meals a day a work out facility telivision and plunty of ppl to teach me how to be a real crminal for when i get out cuz i can barely get work now so getting a job with a record of fraud will be out of the question so i duno thats my story... this is in ny by the way and b4 i got fired from the fast food place i offered to work day shifts and even evening shifts but no if i didnt work from 10 pm to 6 am i wasnt needed anymore lol
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# S 2013-03-11 19:03
Bud - the best thing you can do is address the issue. Very few cases get to the level of prosecution when we're talking about Unemployment Fraud. I think you're psyching yourself out more over what might be... than what is. If you told the employee at Unemployment where you worked and what the reason for separation was (discharge, not lack-of-work) I can't see where you have anything to worry about. If the employer changed his story and suddenly said you quit (you refusing work during certain hours could be construed as a quit by the way because you are limiting your availability while working for an employer that typically does business during those hours). If you have an overpayment, call the office... if you've had a fraud decision go against you (in which case they would have scheduled you for an interview at some point to explain what was happening with your case - and would have sent you a written decision on the determination)... see if you can make payment arrangements. If you ignore it and do go back to work in a legitimate way they could garnish your wages. You have nothing to gain by remaining in hiding like you are wondering when everything is going to come crashing down.

Either you are not telling the whole story, because what I am reading doesn't sound like fraud, your misunderstood what was happening or it was all a big miscommunicatio n. Sticking your head in the sand is not going to make it all magically disappear. Trust me -- you'll sleep a lot better once you figure our what is truth and what is fiction.
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# LickiTyClick 2013-03-13 20:30
My husband received Unemployment and in the same year was approved for his SSI and VA Disability, 2010. He just received a letter this week that the unemployment money was not turned in as income to the VA from the VA Admin. I try to keep on top of things and report everything. During that year our house was foreclosed on and my husband was very ill plus he had lost his job because of sickness and mental problems from his illness. I did not realize I had not reported the money and now the VA is saying they may not allow him to keep his VA due to this. What is my best approach. I certainly don't want this to affect him and I feel responsible since I took care of our bills and all.
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# chuck 2013-03-15 14:43
I was recently informed that I would have to pay back Illinois on extended benefits since I live in Wisconsin. I received a letter informing me that I had to attend a meeting in November to be cleared for the federal extension. I attended the meeting, asked questions, received answers, and started the program as per Illinois instructions. Just recently I had a call from IL stating that since i was working part-time in WI (which I had been doing for years before getting laid off) I had to repay the IL benefits and was no longer eligible. When I asked why I wasn't informed of this issue in November at the meeting where I specifically asked about it, I was told that's how it is.

Has anyone had to deal with this issue with IL/WI before?
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# Donald 2013-03-17 12:36
I started receiving unemployment after the company I worked for closed. After 4 weeks of receiving benefits I was called by to my previous employer on a contract basis for 5 weeks. Will I be able to start unemployment after the contract period ends.
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# Vera 2013-03-26 10:19
I was laid off of work and receiving UI benefits, I later got a part-time job and because they stated that they will hold two weeks in a hold, I will not be getting paid for them. So I filed my UI Benefits without wages, but the next two weeks I did filed my wages for those weeks so I would not received any benefits. I then got a letter in the mail from Umemployment stated that I may have commented fraud and if find guilty i will be denied UI benefits once my job is over. because I did not report those two weeks , which I considered not to be two weeks of pay since I was not getting a check. Now I have a interview on the phone with them. Any advice
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# Digger 2013-03-29 00:14
If the company I was working for had us work during the week and bank hours and just claim employment is that Legal?
We are a construction company that is layed off during the winter and so we work in the shop on equipment and such. Any help?
Thanks
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# Brando 2013-04-11 16:21
If I was discharged from a job because of calling in sick 1 day and saying I had a doctors note but really didn't. Would that be fraudulent if I forgot to tell unemployment services that i didnt have a note? Insight in what to do to change that?
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# John J. 2013-04-18 20:46
I've been working for my brother for the last year, he hasn't been paying workers comp. Or unemployment insurance or anything!
I found out that nothing is legal about it... so I quit. (I do have most all of my pay stubs, but nothings been paid "in")
What happens when I apply for unemployment?
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# Jess 2013-04-22 14:26
Hi i filed for unemployment on april 9th i recieved a paycheck from my previous employer ot the 12th when i fill out a claim do i have to put that down tho it was my last paycheck
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# Toney 2013-04-22 15:08
I need a statement form showing how much I receive from uia and what is all being taken out . Where can I get that from
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# pablo escobar 2013-04-29 19:47
LETS ALL MEET AND TALK ABOUT ALL THESE ISSUE ... CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW MUCH FUN IT WOULD BE?
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# robbie 2013-04-30 00:38
i got hurt at work and the insurance company denied my claim.i have not worked for a month and possably be unable to work for another 2 months.i havent spoken to my employer in over 2 weeks .they will not return my phone calls.am i eligable for unemployment ?
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# Theo 2013-05-20 19:32
I was laid of last year and I opted to defer payout of my annual bonus until 2013. I have been collecting unemployment while I search for a job but once the 2012 bonus is paid in 2013, how do I address that with the unemployment office? I have not worked in 2013, I just deferred my bonus payout until spring. How should I approach this with unemployment?
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# Morgan 2013-05-23 20:30
I applied for a position and was asked to come back for a second interview because "I was one of the strong candidates. At the same time, my ex husband had agreed to allow me to relocate to San Diego. Because the job was very junior, was less than half of what I made and I was planning to relocate I removed myself from the consideration. And sadly I was very concerned that i did not have the knowledge necessary to perform the job and was afraid of taking the job and then losing it. So many concerns. Long story short, I removed myself from consideration and did not attend the second interview and did not report it. That being said, I continued to seek employment on a very aggressive level just in case an offer did come in that I could afford to accept. Is this fraid? I feel like crap over it and worry that my ex will try to send me to prison for this out of spite.
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# tee 2013-05-28 14:29
what if someone ASKS to be fired so they can collect unemployment?
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# Tina 2013-06-08 11:11
Can a person collect ui from California while living and going to college in Mississippi under the GI Bill?
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# bobby s 2013-07-30 16:12
Is it fraud if an employer asks someone to file unemployment because they don't have money to pay them.Then asks them to work and they will make up the difference in unemployment from regular pay?
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# joe#### 2013-09-05 20:54
hi i got a letter from ui saying they over pay me two week that i not work but i collect my employer make a mistake reporting earnings what do u think its gonna happen .
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# PJ 2013-10-13 09:09
I am currently collecting unemployment in NJ. I just recently went for a surgical procedure and i am unable to work for at lesst 8 weeks till the wound heals.The question asks me when filing was i able to work, did i seek work? That is a no. My family needs the income. Where do i go from here? What can i expect as far as when answering the questions correct? I did not submit my week not knowing what if anything can assist us for future benefits.
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