How To Report Unemployment Fraud

IMPORTANT NOTE:
It is not illegal to work while you collect unemployment benefits.  But there are rules on how you do it.
 
If you want to know how to report unemployment fraud, you must first be sure that someone is committing unemployment fraud. It is a crime to knowingly collect unemployment benefits that you are not eligible to receive, and this is considered unemployment fraud. BUT, it is very important to note that IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO WORK WHILE YOU ARE COLLECTING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.

When you apply for unemployment you may be informed that you are legally allowed to work at a job and make a certain amount of money while still collecting unemployment benefits. When you initially apply for unemployment, this amount will be calculated, and how this process works will be explained to you by your unemployment counselor.

If you do work while you are collecting unemployment benefits, it is VERY important that you follow the rules given to you by your unemployment counselor, which includes reporting where you work, how much you make every week, etc.

If you suspect someone of committing unemployment fraud, you can contact the unemployment office to report them. You may be able to remain anonymous, or you may have to give your name and contact information to report them.

When you make your report, be sure to give as much detailed information as possible, including the following:

  • Their name
  • Their address
  • Their phone number
  • Where they are working
  • How much money they're making
Here's how to report someone for unemployment fraud:
 
Step 1:
 
Find you state unemployment website by clicking this link:  State Unemployment Directory
 
Step 2:
 
Go to your state unemployment website.
 
Step 3.
 
Click on the link that says:  "Report Unemployment Fraud"; "Contact Us", or other such heading.
 
Step 4.
 
Describe the instance of unemployment fraud that you are reporting.

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# Maria 2010-08-25 20:34
If to be eligible for unemployment benefits you must be actively seeking employment, my question is this:

Would a mother who is receiving unemployment benefits and is homeschooling her child (because she does not like the public school in her district and she has an outstanding balance with the private school the child was attending and the child cannot go back there until the balance is paid), be classified as actively pursuing employment such that her receipt of unemployment benefits is justified? It would seem that a parent homeschooling a child would not have enough hours in the day to be actively pursuing employment. Please let me have your thoughts.
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# Site Admin 2010-09-03 07:26
Maria,

Who's to say whether she has enough time to actively seek employment. Actually, most job-hunting is done online these days - via posting resumes on job boards, sending resumes to prospective employers, and filling out applications online - and most states are just fine with this. In NC, they have computers in the ESC offices just for people that don't have their own computers at home - just for them to conduct their job search online.

Site Admin
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# melissa 2011-06-03 16:58
I"m being taken to court because i did a 4 hour part-time try out with an employer to see if i like the job and its part-time 15 hours a week when i put in for my employment 3months ahead of time and my unemployment was still pending i was"nt approved yet from i job i worked at for 3 years and was layed-off due to gas prices now this parttime employer reported me for fraud which i"m fighting and i lost a good job over it and my 4 years of law school down the drain because the stupid commenwealth decided to listen to this lier all because i could"nt do the work.
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# ryan 2012-03-28 20:35
i do not believe you went to law school first of all. You spelled commonwealth wrong. You also spelled liar wrong. These are two easy words. Secondly about your issues with the court, honesty is the best policy. Be honest with them and it will all work out in the long run.
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# Nicole 2012-04-06 15:09
Honesty is not the always best policy when it comes to DES. I had an employee quit showing up for work, file for unemployment 2 days later and he now receives unemployment benefits, which is fraud. We called him multiple times to come back to work before the appeal hearing and he refused stating that he needed time to go to school instead, which he still has not done. After the appeal hearing he was still granted unemployment because I could not prove that he had quit or that I did not lay him off. For me honesty was not the best policy, I should have stated that he was fired for job abandonment.
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# karen 2013-04-18 20:46
Anyone with such horrible gramme did not go to college. Keep telling your stories sweetie. You are the problem with this country and for those of us who are working 40- 60 hours a week to support you. Thanks a lot!!! Get a real job!
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# Sara 2011-05-26 08:20
The typical "school day" for a home schooled child takes about 3 hours. In fact one of the most common problems home schooling parents find is structuring the rest of the day with activities for their child. I agree that this woman's motives are likely to stay home with her child, and she is probably not actively seeking employment. In which case her actions would be fraudulent.
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# tina 2011-07-07 18:59
ok i know this lady that made a deal to put her name on a buissness in exchange for her rent paid telephone car insurance internet every thing from soap to tolit paper cable everything but she wants to collect now when they find out she owns a buisness whats gonna happen
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# Dan 2010-09-01 10:13
Couple questions for you. Do you still have to turn in a number of job applications per week to qualify for unemployment?

I'm fortunate enough to have a job, and I can appreciate the need for unemployment benefits, but when is it considered abuse? I know several people in central nebraska who are on unemployment and are working for cash on the side. Is it fraud? I could turn them in, but your website says I need to be 100% sure of it. And if I'm not 100% sure then I could be commiting a crime? I would think you would want to limit the fraud, if at least to free up money for people who really need it. And how could anyone know for sure, unless they were sitting in the room with the unemployment counselor and the one getting unemployment to know if they were allowed to work elsewhere in addition to their unemployment benefits? So basically do you want to stop the fraud or not? Are you going to publish who gets unemployment and if they can work on the side so concerned tax paying citizens can check for themselves? Obviously you dont want 5 million complaints every week to check out so and so, but if people are going to get those benefits they better need them, and better be able to prove it. I am looking forward to a response, and ensuing communications.

Thank you for time.
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# Site Admin 2010-09-03 07:48
Dan,

Thank you for your comments and perspective.

To answer your questions:

1. Yes, people receiving unemployment are required to apply for at least a certain number of jobs per week. In most states this is 2 job applications per week.

2. Many people are allowed to work part-time while collecting unemployment benefits - even for cash. Whether you are working for cash or for a check - you must report that income. Are these people you know committing fraud? This is a legal question and I am not an attorney - so I am not qualified to give legal advice. If you need legal advice, please contact a labor or employment lawyer. Or you could contact the unemployment office or call the police and ask them if it is fraud. Perhaps I should put this disclaimer in the article above. While I do know that is a crime to falsely report a crime -- maybe you don't have to be sure about it before you report it. I just hope that folks would try to be sure about things - and maybe even *ask* the person you suspect is committing unemployment fraud if they are or not - before you end up reporting one of your friends, neighbors, or someone in your community. You are exactly right - you can never be sure.

3. Do I want to stop the fraud. Yes, of course. But I am a private individual that minds my own business - and the last thing I want to do is to go sticking my nose into other people's business and reporting them for something I don't know about. I would much rather spend my time trying to help people that are in bad situations by running a website that gives real information about how to get help, and answering people's questions about how they're going to find a job or get unemployment so they don't lose their house; so they can feed their kids; so they can get through cancer treatment; so they can get through the last few weeks of pregnancy; so they can feel like someone cares about them and that there is still hope in their life to go on - and not commit suicide. Millions of people have lost their jobs and have real problems just like these because of it. I'm focusing on positive things and helping these people. What are you focusing on?

4. No, I am not going to publish a list of everyone on unemployment (I am a private individual) and I do not think that government should either. Unemployment is paid for by employees (indirectly) and employers (directly) - not taxpayers. Unemployment extensions and some parts of the regular unemployment programs ARE paid for by taxpayers - but you know what? You can't get unemployment unless you worked a job and paid taxes. Unemployment fraud IS wrong, and all states are doing something about it - but taking away everyone's right to privacy because they lost their job and are collecting unemployment is wrong too.

99.999% of the people that collect unemployment HAVE PROVEN that that they need the benefits - and HAVE PROVEN that they are legally eligible to collect them since they paid for them - by working a job and paying into the unemployment system.

Site Admin
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# melissa 2011-06-08 01:09
Dan be sure fruad is a serouse matter i"m fighting it now because a employer i worked for parttime 4 hours reported me and it states in the book if i"m getting 25 or more hours i cant get my benefits but i only got 4 hours 4 hours and i"m going tru hell because this is my first time with this lady and it was a parttime job 20 or less a week.
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# kimmy 2011-09-15 10:11
my kids father gets unemployment plus he works under the table and makes 3 to 5oo a week depending on what he is doing! so i am 100% sure it is fraud but im in your shoes if i dont show enough proof am i going t get in trouble myself?!!! and the best part about it i get shit for child support because they only go by his unemployment money!!! makes me want to quit my job wait 7 weeks and get unemployment for 2 years!
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# Courtney 2012-05-12 21:59
Kimmy-
Please tell me how your situation worked out...my ex is now doing the exact same thing to avoid paying child support.
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# Dora 2012-06-13 10:03
Courtney I think someone should start a site for women who are all getting messed over by this situation...I am going through it now!
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# Adam 2012-10-19 18:43
Listen Im one of the fathers that works hard and get taken for $900 a month and cant live on my own so don't go messing with guys life, no wonder they do that you want to take them back every time they get a raise and get a dollar you want 90¢ of it
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# Adam 2012-10-19 18:49
Women need to close their legs the way it sounds, get a job!!!!!
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# Dora 2012-06-13 10:01
kimmy I agree. I just got my child support cut by 700 a month because my ex ASKED to be let go so he could claim unemployment. Do I know this for a fact? Yes he told me straight to my face because he didn't want to keep paying all the support I was entitled to. I refused to sign the papers at the attorney general so I am being ordered to court now. But...my ex took our 12 yr old to quote a job and she gave me the name and address of the person so you can bet I am going to let the judge know that he is making money on the side and not paying the extra support. I think the state is allowing people to use unemployment to get away from child support which is a crime in my books! And yes, I DID report him to the unemployment fraud line...but whether they checked into it I have no idea. But I'm with you....let's all quit and draw unemployment!
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# christina 2012-09-19 15:31
Im going thru the samething as courtney and dora! what can we do? i get 190 a month for 2 kids!!!! that doesnt even feed them for a month! and yet he is working under the table and his current girlfriend is pregnant and she has a good job!
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# Marissa 2012-11-18 07:44
Two people made these children .. Not just one and I find it hard to understand if u get a divorce or broke up or whatever the case may be .. Why does the man have to pay you all that child support does he not take the kids on the weekend and spend money on them , does he not buy them cloths or food ?? I think child support is actually ex wife support . Because I'm sure you Are not actually spending all the money on your kids and if you are , do u spend the same amount of money on your kids ??? And rent does not count .
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# Marissa 2012-11-18 07:47
may be .. Why does the man have to pay you all that child support does he not take the kids on the weekend and spend money on them , does he not buy them cloths or food ?? I think child support is actually ex wife support . Because I'm sure you Are not actually spending all the money on your kids and if you are , do u spend the same amount of money on your kids ??? Rent doesn't count .
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# Matilda 2012-09-19 20:02
MINE TOO!! Men are scum bags
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# Derek 2012-10-25 00:06
That's what all of you get for letting douchebags impregnate you. Should have used protection or better yet, not had sex with such bad people.
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# Debbie 2012-06-20 11:11
In Michigan the form for reporting unemployment fraud allows you to remain anonymous. I did a search online for "how to report unemployment fraud in Michigan" to find the form. I am not required to give my contact information when reporting.
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# wm. d. 2010-09-02 17:01
i know a person who collected unemployment while in prison,is nowout after 6 months in the pen, collecting money under the table,while driving a newcar bought by unemployment. a ripoff. his processing place is bowling green.the state of ohio is a rip off,i'll make sure governor knows thios. the person name is XXXX XXXXX XXXXX X/XX/XXXX. hey check this will the state of ohio i am a taxpayer.

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[THE POSTING OF OTHER PEOPLE'S NAMES OR PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR ALLEGED UNEMPLOYMENT FRAUD IS NOT ALLOWED. IF YOU SUSPECT SOMEONE IS COMMITTING UNEMPLOYMENT FRAUD - REPORT THEM TO THE AUTHORITIES. NOT HERE. - Site Admin]
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# tisha 2010-09-03 00:05
what if you know someone that got laid off from their job and was receiving unemployment benefits, but had to take a job in which the employer said he would pay him under the table because the benefits he was receiving from unemployment wasn't enough to support his family because of child support coming out he only received $82.00 a week. When he stopped working for this employer and stopped receiving benefits because he went to work somewhere else, the employer filed wages with unemployment on what he had made while he worked for him. The person never got a check stub or a 1099 from that employer and now he is being audited by the unemployment department. He knows it wasn't right for him to receive benefits while he was working too, but he was just trying to take care of his family and try to keep from getting behind more than he already was and trying to stay afloat.
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# shulamis a. 2010-09-03 11:56
Here's my question, can i report unemployment fraud privately and the persn will not know it is me doing it. HE Works and still collects, he neverr stopped working, technically he works for his father, but his father uses a bogus name. his father says that he does not need to fill out any forms he receives frm unemployment, it is his son's job to report his income, but twhen they called he told them he has no work for him. but he is working almost every day, some of it never gets reported because he takes advances, so his check is always much smaller than it should be. they got away with it last year by saying it was mney owed to him before he went on unemployment. does the employee have to report to unemployment wages for an employee or does the employee have to report it? what if the employee never really looks for jobs can he still collect? he is collecting for over 1 year now , how lng more can he collect? I know what they have schemed up is wrong, the business got slower so he collects unemployemtn to compensate his salary, is that llegal. I do not know how to report this without getting into trouble with them, i am afraid of both of them. the owner says he does not have to report it because he works for himself, he just does him a favor by paying his taxes for him because otherwise he would never pay them and get into truble, but if that is the case can he collect unemployment if he works for himself? these are a lot of questions, i know, but you get the picture, can you please advise me on what to do about what I know?
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# BOB 2010-09-11 11:20
I KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS COLLECTING SSDI AND FULL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. HAS BEEN DOING THIS FOR OVER A YEAR. THEY ALSO GET FOOD STAMPS AND HEATING ASSISTANCE USING ONLY THEIR SSDI BENEFIT AMOUNT. IS THIS FRAUD AND HOW CAN IT BE REPORTED.
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# Shane 2013-07-16 13:06
Wow people are such scumbags it's unbelievable. We should get rid of unemployment all together. I'm 26 and bust my ass to pay over 20,000 dollars in taxes while half of you people on this website sit on your lazy asses and try to figure out how to scam the system. It makes me SICK!
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# Laanna T. 2010-09-13 09:59
The person i know that is commiting unemployment fraud has been laying up drunk not looking for a job wont look for a job because of Fedral extensions this doesnot seem right too many people actually need the help.He has a class B CDL he is employable.
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# Ben R 2010-09-22 23:59
My question is more personal than what I have seen. I was laid off in late 2008 and began unemployment at the start of 2009. I continued to be unemployed until October 2009, when I began with a temp. agency but it was a full-time job. I was earning a paycheck at the time and held the job for at least 6 months before I became permanent there. However, like so many others at the time, I felt like I was so far behind in bills that I continued to collect unemployment from the state able to do so by not reporting my income. I was going through a real rough time, although that is no excuse, I know what I did was wrong and to this day feel horribly about it. I continued to do this for almost 6 months until my unemployment finally expired. I know that I took money that did not belong to me, and would like the opportunity to set this right by paying back the extra benefits I received. I feel this is the only thing I can do. What would be my options in doing this and who could I contact about it? I am not claiming unemployment anymore and have not for about 5 months. I obviously do not want to do the possibility of jail time, but one would think that if someone wanted to come forward and make payments back to the state for what they took wrongfully, that there would be options to do this. Please tell me what your advice and knowledge is on this situation. Thank You.
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# Jennifer 2010-11-24 21:57
Worst case scenario is that you may required to pay back the money you received while you worked part time or you can request that it be deducted from money that is owed to you on a tax refund. Make sure to start setting money aside for any funds you were overpaid.
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# shirley 2012-07-06 17:09
In the state of wisconsin, each time you are caught knowingly frauding unemployment, you have to pay a penalty plus what you owe, for instance, the first time you knowingly fraud your benefits, it is a dollar for dollar penalty, which means that if you collected benefits for lets say one month at the of 200 dollars a week, you have frauded the system of 800 dollars, then you will receive a penalty for 1600 dollars, then your next offense will carry a penalyt of 2 dollars on a dollar, so you get where i am going with this. You may find yourself owing more in penalties than overpayment amount.
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# Jennifer 2010-11-24 22:00
How did you make out? Did you contact unemployment?
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# Bill 2010-09-25 16:11
If someone purposely collects unemployment monies while on vacation in another country does the act qualify as unemployment fraud ?
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# Jack 2010-09-28 01:27
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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# Jenna 2010-10-05 11:31
My husband started collecting unemployment in Indiana in March of 2009. He also started working in Ohio in March of 2009. He did not report any income and continued to receive unemployment from Indiana until August 2009. I believe this is fraud- what are the penalties in Indiana for unemployment benefits fraud?
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# pete 2010-10-10 13:49
Theres this guy that writes for online gaming sites that uses the handle XXXXXXX. He collects unemployment for a job that layed off alot of online employees. But he is still writing for other companies and getting paid isnt this fraud?
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# Wihlemena 2010-10-11 18:17
I know of someone who is collecting unemployment benefits under her birth name but is working under a different name and works an average of 10-12 hours a day and I would think that would be over the amount of hours worked to receive unemployment. I would like this to be investigated but at the same time wouldn't want to get charged with falsely accusing someone. Last time I talked with this individual she stated that she was still receiving unemployment benefits but I'm not sure if she is now but I would very much like this to be investigated. It just doesn't seem right.
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# jeff 2010-10-17 11:28
MY BROTHER IS IN JAIL AND WAS GETTING Unemployment BEFORE HE WANT IN AND NOW HIS WIFE IS STILL FILEING FOR HIM AND HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST 2 MONTHS IS THIS Fraud
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# cindy 2010-11-02 15:39
My exhuband is seeking to reduce child support. He is self employed and has recently taken unemployment benefits. He is still withdrawing large sums of cash from business (one month over $3,000. Is this unemployment fraud?
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# Patricia M 2010-11-04 08:17
I am working with some one who I am sure is collecting unemployment .He is also the Son of the owner of the buisness that I work for. I also know that he is being paid under the table. He has a title as our general manager. It would be difficult to prove ,Because his father owns the buisness and they keep things on the hush. I am also not sure what State he is collecting from because he was an airline pilot. He flew out of diferent States. He has sighned my pay check and i have other document's he has sighned under general manager. I am not sure if these things would be helpful in reporting him? I know many people that are out of work and cannot collect any more. I dont think it's right that this man should be collecting while being paid a full time salary! Look foward to your advise
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# kirk 2011-12-24 00:25
Quoting Patricia M:
I am working with some one who I am sure is collecting unemployment .He is also the Son of the owner of the buisness that I work for. I also know that he is being paid under the table. He has a title as our general manager. It would be difficult to prove ,Because his father owns the buisness and they keep things on the hush. I am also not sure what State he is collecting from because he was an airline pilot. He flew out of diferent States. He has sighned my pay check and i have other document's he has sighned under general manager. I am not sure if these things would be helpful in reporting him? I know many people that are out of work and cannot collect any more. I dont think it's right that this man should be collecting while being paid a full time salary! Look foward to your advise


Patricia, I have a similiar question to yours. I worked for a business owned a run by a mother and two sons. The business is failing. One of the sons (while intoxicated ) told me that the mother was drawing unemployment to recoup some of the money she invested in their failing business.

She still shows to work everyday while working at the buisness.

I am afraid to say anything though.
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# Tammy 2010-11-11 09:08
I recently took a volunteer severance package from my employer 6 months ago. I receive the same paycheck (as if I was still working) every 2 weeks and will continue to receive a paycheck for the next 24 months. Can I collect unemployment during this 24 month period?
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# BB H 2011-03-10 17:20
tammy
in kentucky (and i dont know if this varies by state) the short answer should be yes. there have been several cases where the UI board or the appeals vourt has ruled that severance pay is NOT deductable from UI payments, and does not serve as a disqualifier for UI. check your UI case histories.
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# Justin 2010-11-11 10:04
I have an employee who was fired for starting his own business while working for me, the time we were paying him for was spent running his own business, he stole sales leads, etc. After firing him, I found out that he was receiving unemployment benefits for his work at my company. His website and social media pages all indicate he's running his business. Does this qualify as unemployment fraud?
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# Aaron 2010-11-16 16:54
One of my coworkers started his own buisness while working where I worked. He eventualy got laidoff collecting unemployment benifits, and is receiving a free pale grant to go to school. His buisness is still running to suppliment his income. Is this fraud?
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# jenny 2010-11-28 19:03
I know somebody who has been laid off from thier job, and is now running her own business BUT is still collecting unemployment....is this considered fraud?
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# Rosemary 2010-11-30 18:55
i know someone who started there own handyman business. i know for a fact that they are not declaring any of the money from this business when they do there weekly unemployment. is this fraud?
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# Karen 2010-12-01 10:42
My ex-husband has been out of work since May of 2010, He has since had one job which he quit after a about a week...
He is married to a woman with children and has custody of one of our two children, They moved to the coast,the wife found a job instantly ,they have been there 4 months and he has yet to find employment.ALTHOUGH HE HAS PLENTY OF TIME TO DO SO,because he has plenty of time to harass my finance' and I. They also receive $900.00 dollars a month for a "disabled " child plus about 600 or 800 dollars a month in food stamps,and receive assistance with utility bills or they have in the past... Wow, I guess I wouldn't want to work either ...
Please send me the info needed to report or let me know if this is worth reporting.
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# Jim 2010-12-15 17:35
I know someone who is collecting now, and has been for two long years. This person has stated time and again that (they) will not take a job for less than the pay amount they had been receiving from thier previous job.
The person has been asked by many, if they were ever going to look for a job.
The Answer from this person was
" I will not take a job that won't pay me what I was making before, and besides I'm getting unemployment!"
Does this incident qualify as FRAUD?
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# jess 2010-12-16 16:50
is it possible for someone to receive unemployment benefits from two states? I have heard of people doing this. Is this against the law? Is it possible to do this without the agencies knowing right away?
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# Julie 2010-12-26 02:11
I know somebody that collects unemployment but is running a business out of his home. I know they aren't reporting the income either. Is this fraud?
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# Amber 2011-01-12 10:12
if you receive your unemployment and foodstamps from MA but resiside and have a job in another state is that fraud ?
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# Jerry 2011-01-16 10:02
You repeatedly say that you must be 100% certain that someone is guilty of committing unemployment insurance fraud before reporting it or you yourself might be guilty of "falsly reporting a crime." This seems to fly in the face of everything I know about our judicial system. One is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. All anyone could report is NOT guilt of a crime, but suspicion, so that the authorities might investigate. We would apply the reccomended test to any other crime? If you saw a person using a tool to break into a car at midnight, should you not report it, in spite of the fact that you zare not 100% certain it is a crime? The guy might have simply locked his keys in the car. But he might be a crackhead breaking into someone's car.
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# Jerry 2011-01-16 10:24
I had an employee who moved to here from another state to work for me about 1.5 years ago. He had previously worked for me as a consultant when I first went into business a decade ago, and had long complained that he got shafted in his divorce settlement a few years before. So, when he asked that I pay him directly for the first couple of months of employment so that his ex-wife wouldn't take it all, the story seemed plausible to me. And, my business, with a 30% drop in sales, was on the verge of failure, and I desperately wanted his help, so -- against my better judgement -- I did so. The business did not pay him at all, I actually paid him out of my own pocket and we treated it as if he were again consulting for me. He officially came on as an employee a couple of months later than he actually came on site and began working full time. I now suspect that it was not simply because of the problematic situation with his wife, but so that he could continue drawing unemployment a few more months. I also doubt he reported it as income. If so, I would like to report him. I do not know how deeply this implicates me, and don't want to get myself too deeply in trouble. I realize that I should not have gone along with his request, and what goes around comes around, etc. The first few lines of any response will likely be, "You idiot, you deserve to get into trouble," etc. Beyond this, I'd greatly appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.
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# Dawn 2011-01-20 16:37
I know person Named Nina has been collecting unemploymnet since July 2010 from Sprint/Nextel, and i believe it was extended for school. Nina rents part of her house for $500 a month. Sine her unemploymnet stated. Should this be claimed as income? and does it affect unemploymnet.
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# Megan 2011-01-26 19:56
What if someone is collecting unemployment and is working "under the table" at a store owned by their parents?
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# Dan 2011-02-06 08:49
My ex filed for disability in 2008, and was awarded all back and ongoing as of 12/2010. A month after filing, she reopend her unemployment claim in Florida, checking the box that she was able and available for work. I explained that wasn't legal, but her response was "I paid into it, I'm takeing the money".

The claim was filed online, from another state, and I'm wondering if Florida will catch up with her. A neighbor called Florida's tipline, but to date, no action has been taken. I think it's her smug attitude over it all that angers me, beside the fact it was all federal stimulus money as her extended benifits had expired, but the stimulus gave her 18 months more.
Does Florida ever catch these people?
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# erika 2011-02-28 19:22
i know someone who does not report the full amount of child support she is receiving because it is done privately at $750.00 she also works for her boyfriends company out of his house under the table until i mentioned it to her and she got scared so she now gets paid $100 a week by a check (not the true amount she really gets paid) the whole time she was supposedly "unemployed" she would post on face book "thank god its friday" and on wednesdays say " oh im so glad its hump day" those are "working terms" anyway would any of these things be considered unemployment fraud - -she also answered her cell phone with the boyfriends company name - i guess they could supoena the drivers to testify that she was working at said time of collecting the unemployment.
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# Dan 2011-03-01 20:12
I have a roommate who has been on unemployment for almost 2 years. He likes his job but rarely ever works since the economy dumped. He told me he's not interested in finding another job and I also noticed (he leaves his paperwork on the counter) that he applies at the same businesses over and over again. I'm wondering if this is legal, for someone to collect unemployment with no intent on finding another job and to continuously use the same business contacts to satisfy the applications per week requirements. I don’t know if he’s been offered a job just that he wouldn’t take it if he was. I am curious about this issue as I believe this fund should be reserved for people who actually need it and want a new job but can’t find one. I would also like to notify him if he is committing a crime or not so he will stop abusing the system if he is.
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# roberto 2011-03-02 19:24
I know about someone that is filling unemployment to hide income for child support purposes. He is working and getting pay in cash. He drives a BMW, Have a membership in a expensive club, live in on the best areas of the city, etc. He says that he makes $200 per week only but He has to be making $40k a year. Is this something that has to be reported to Unemployment?
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# concerned citizen 2011-03-03 17:20
Will every see what I post, can I write privately?
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# BB H 2011-03-10 17:13
Former employer denied disability accomodation and even used the disability to deny me work. Tried everything I could to salvage to work relatioship. Reported the situation up the chain of command all the way to the top. Also reported to OSHA (disability is due to work related stupidity even tho employer denied it) and to EEOC. Finally had to file for UI b/c of workplace harrassment, hostile work environment, ADA violation, and constructive discharge. sent two emails to employer the same day telling them why the relationship was severed. even got some responses, altho not from my former boss. they told UI i still worked there, but that i was on "voluntary medical leave". bullcrap. sent another letter, via refistered mail. got signature and everything. former employer told ui that i still worked there and am still on boluntary medical leave. they also told the same thing to OSHA. former employer used US mail and fax to send these documents, all AFTER they had received documentation that i no longer work for them. they also kept sending ME documentation after they knew otherwise, telling me that i was still on medical leave, and the department had extended that leave for an additional MONTH. my atty contacted them and told them NOT to contact me again. they still did. finally sent me a letter saying that i had voluntarily quit bc i would not supply them with further info on my disability TWO MONTHS AFTER THE RELATIONSHIP WAS SEVERED.
This is my question: obviously they have committed several types of fraud, including mail and insurance fraud. to whom do i report this? who will take me seriously? i live in lexington, ky, and they are a HUGE employer in this town. mayors office? state reps? atty general? how do i make the complaint? i am not the only person they have done this to. please help. thx.
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# Good Usa Citizen 2011-03-15 19:13
I have a picture of a woman while she was working under the table and drawing unemploment benefits at the same time.
How should I execute?
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# vicki 2011-03-16 17:38
I no a union carpenter who has been receiving weekly benefits for 2 years. In this 2 year period he has not once attempted to find work because he has a bank full of money from a lawsuit. Is this fraud? He lives in Nevada.
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# Mel 2011-03-27 20:06
I know someone that is, and has been collecting unemployment from California since early 2009. Since October of 2009 he has been living in WV., working for cash but still collecting from California. He has a friend deposit his checks for him and turn in all of his paper work out there. What kind of trouble could this lead him and his accomplice to? And how much proof do I need to turn him in?
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# Phil 2011-03-28 20:21
I am an employer who has many job applicants who seem less than sincere in their desire to find a job. I would like to do my part to counter fraud in ways I will describe, but the language above suggest that there could be repercussions for reporting suspected fraud if it proved to be untrue. To put this in context, actions I’m considering include declining to sign-off on applicants’ papers documenting their job search efforts until we’ve decided whether or not to offer them a job, which we would do unless they decline an offered position. In cases where an applicant thought to be drawing unemployment declines a job offer, it would be nice to report it to the appropriate office as suspected fraud even though it is doubtful we could ever be “100% certain,” as the above article states. All comments appreciated.
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# Jessica 2011-04-11 15:07
If someone is collectting unemployment, but working part-time, is receiving child support, and receivng housing benefits from the governemnt, and is not activley seeking work, but it able... are they committing fraud by collecting unemployment? Also, this person is enrolled full-time in school....
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# Lou 2011-04-12 17:33
is it illegal for a girl to quit a steady job in oregon and move to washington State to live with her boyfriend? she is perfectly capable of working but is collecting unemployment.
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# SAA 2011-04-12 20:55
I have a friend who was (and I think still is) collecting unemployment benefits. This friend currently has 3 or 4 jobs PLUS gets rent from a tenant that lives in the house. I am guessing the rent is not reported as income. When the 3-4 jobs, plus the rent, plus the unemployment benefits are combined, this friend makes as much as I do (I have a salary position at a full time job). How is it possible to have 3-4 jobs plus a renter and still receive an unemployment check? I feel like the rent is definitely not being reported (especially when the tenant did not sign a lease) and maybe some of the other income is not being reported, but above it says you have to be 100% sure before you report fraud otherwise you could be targeted for fraud. A different friend told me that if the friend is investigated for this, they could question everyone that knows the friend and if anyone that is questioned knew about the possible fraud, they could be held accountable for not reporting it. I am stumped, what should I do?
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# Ken 2011-04-24 13:53
It is obvious from reading all the posts on this site that "gaming" the unemployment system can be rife with abuse or outright fraud on both the individual collecting and the 'employer' complicent with the 'game' by undertable payments in cash which are not being reported. The 100% sure requirement will keep my mouth shut...in addition to qualifying me as 'getting into someone else's business'. The 100% sure requirement is a surefire 'tip killer'. So you guys gaming (read fraud) the system never fear...the probability of your getting caught is nil to zero.
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# C 2011-05-05 13:56
I know someone who lied to the unemplyment office about being self employed. They put down one employer they had done contract work for and stated that they had been laid off due to lack of work. However this individual has been working for many different businesses on a per diem basis making $350 dollars a day. I have seen checks he's collected while recieving $420 a week in unemployment. I am really irritated and sick of hearing this person brag about getting away with this. There are a great many hard working individuals out there that don't make $350 dollars in a week let alone a day. And to collect $1680 a month in benefits on top of that is unfare to those who are out there honestly earning their measly paychecks.
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# phil 2011-05-08 10:18
My wife and I with the help of d.c.f.s. have recently been temporarily given 3 of our grandchildren(5 3 and 3months)to take care of until the state makes a final decision about placement. We are willing to adopt for the kids safety and future well being.Our daughter has made terrible decisions in the past few years. Her boyfriend (father of all 3) is getting unemployment benefits for the children but we are the ones supporting them. He should not get money for kids he doesnt support in any way.
My wife and I are 63, she had to quit work and I am working 60 hours a week. His benefit check would go to better help his kids if it could be sent where they live. Please advise,we are going broke quickly.
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# Mother of 4 2011-05-09 15:42
My ex husband does not pay child support or half of anything. Last year he lost his job. He is also claiming my kids to get food stamps (which he does not have custody of) and his girlfriend that lives in the same house is collecting food stamps too. (So that is two people under the same roof) with this job he lost he also owns his own company.. He works in construction so he is always do jobs.. He says that he get 1500 ck here and there and he will be a helper for buddy's and get paid that way too.. He is no way claiming any of the money he is getting from his other work. Would this be consider fraud??
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# Anne 2011-05-13 13:09
I have a friend who is in "Tier 4" of unemployment. He spends his days playing tennis - 7 days/week from 2:00pm - 9:00 pm. When someone asked if he was putting down companies that he had contacted regarding employment, he just shrugged his shoulders. I've never heard him mention looking for work/possible interviews etc.
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# Yohanna 2011-06-06 10:17
i know some one who has been receiving unemployment for a little over a year now. Through out this whole time he has not been actively looking for work. He got lucky with a neighbor who offered to pay him for assistance in his construction business, thus he was paying him under the table. So that he could still get his unemployment check. Is this fraud ?
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# dad of child 2011-06-07 11:16
have a buddy that i no longer speak to from ny. Hes been on unemployment since jan 2010 and before we stopped talking he found a job off the books but still files for unemployment benefits. i think unemployment should go to people that have no income at all. what should i do? i do not want to have my name on any complaint.
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# concerned 2011-06-07 16:19
I believe I know someone who is committing unemployment fraud but I do not know enough knowledge or background to decide for sure. This individual is receiving unemployment even though this individual was laid off at the end of last year but got a job as an EMT almost immediately afterwards and has worked there ever since. So this individual has at least been working a state job that pays sufficiently and receives sufficient hours for at least six months. This is a central North Carolina resident. This is individual is also taking a paramedic course to be a certified medic. Is this enough cause to believe this individual is committing fraud?
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# GLENDORA 2011-06-14 21:52
how do i report unemployment fraud...i know someone that was locked up and a family memeber was receiving funds for about 2 or 3 months...how can i report tuhis??
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# helen 2011-06-23 21:50
I have a friend whose husband has left her and his kids. He is collecting unemployment and working full time for cash, yet he cannot seem to pay her enough child support or on time. When she threatened to report him, he told her she would be responsible for the back taxes also. Is this true? If she reports him, will it effect her too?
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# Mark 2011-07-02 01:08
My brother in law quit his job in Nevada. Walked away from his mortgage to the tune of 200K. Moved to Texas and is still drawing Nevada unemployment for the second year in a row. How is that possible?
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# Jo 2011-07-21 14:49
If you are a landlord and own several apartments that you collect rent for, but get laid off of your job, can you still collect unemployment?
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# tired of fraud 2011-07-31 17:13
Is it fraud to not report an out of state address change and instead give the Delaware unemployment office an in state address change, to an address the individual never even lived at? An individual moved from Delaware to Maryland 4 months ago. This individual is presently using my Delaware home address without my consent, and she never even lived at this address with me. When she moved from Delaware to Maryland she changed her address with the unemployment office to be my Delaware home address. Friday I received mail from Delaware unemployment to her at my address. I was told by the Delaware unemploment office that I can not remove my address, that only the individual collecting can. I am very frustrated by that because she never lived here at my address. Also this same idividual has been earning income doing landscaping while collecting Delaware unemployment benefits, and she does not report any of this income during the weekly certification process. I know this for a fact. Also she talks like this is all okay, and I do not think any of it is okay. Is any of this fraud on her part? Plus I want my address off her unemployment benefits and she won't do it, the Delaware unemployment office won't do it, and I can't. Can you give me some direction. Thank you.
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# Larry 2011-08-01 17:38
what I want to know is my wife is taking money out of her mothers account and sending it to GA from MA...I think it might be disability as she has never worked in the 7 years she lived with us. Is it legal for my wife to take this money from mass and ship it to GA? Her mother definatley does not live with us anymore.
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# Larry 2011-08-01 17:40
My wife takes money from an account that was her mothers. We live in Mass. It may be disability. But I kicked her mother out of our house a year and a half ago. Is it legal for my wife to take this money out in mass send most of it to GA?
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# ryan 2011-08-05 19:43
I just found a booklet from an ex that has been on unemployment for over a year and nothing is filled out on it, do I report this because those who committ fraud hurt us all?
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# Joe 2011-08-08 17:59
A man's ex-girlfriend in the state of Florida had man put in jail for domestic fighting and she has been claiming and calling in
collecting UE benefits from the state of Connecticut on a debit card and using the card while this man is in jail in Collier County ,Florida all the while he knows nothing about this. On top of that she is trying to sue this man's mother home owners insurance for whatever & hiding at her Ex-husband's house! How can she be reported if no know address are available only her telephone number, her name, and his name and Collier County Jail is available, and possible her last known address if correct?
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# Ron 2011-08-11 18:38
My dad ownes a business and fired the employee for forgery and entering into contracts without his knowledge and other things. he fired her over the phone they gave her unemployment! he appealed it up to the last appeal and then found out she was working and we even got the 5000.00 check she was written and sent it in for the last appeal but they still let her keep drawing it. we only know of this one check but we also know there are bound to be more but the state doesn't seem to care. she is in my opinion commeting fraud and they are letting her get by with it ! this is why this state (Texas) is broke.
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# alicia 2011-08-24 14:57
If someone has been drawing unemployment for 2 years, since the birth of their child and has chose to stay at home with that child and has not actively looked for a job in those two years is that considered fraud?
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# John 2011-08-29 06:19
Someone I know is collecting unemployment but got forced to resign from there job due to getting caught with illegal drugs with intent to distribute. The case is still pending awaiting court however this person had to post bail. My question is legally can this person collect even though hey committed a felony which lead to their being forced to resign? The state is PA.
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# C. 2011-09-06 19:37
The company I work for has cut the employees hours by 25% due to the economy, however, they are paying 2 employees cash out of the register daily. These are employees who are working regular, scheduled hours and 1 of them is being paid more than the mananger. This employee is also collecting unemployment. Is this legal?
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# Kristin 2011-09-09 10:07
I have a friend who is working an off the books job putting up fences and collects unemployment. Is this legal and should I report him? I have no way to prove he's working off the books though.
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# Not So Nosey 2011-09-21 12:59
this is why the internet is such a joke. All of you people out there complaining about people collecting Unemployment illegally. Now everyone knows what to do in order to avoid getting caught. From reading your comments, it's apparent that all one has to do is keep his mouth shut about collecting a check. Are you people really concerned about the economy and "others" out there who really need it, or are you just jealouse that there are people out there that manage to scam the system? I'm not trying to knock anyone, but it is apparent that most of you out there are doing nothing but complaining. If you think someone is commiting Unemployment Fraud, and you feel that strongly about it, then do something about it. You all seem to let "fear of being wrong" stop you. Whatever happened to people standing up for what they believe in, no matter the cost? You sound like a bunch of cowards. If it's bothering you that much, call your local UE office and file a complaint. I know that there are many folks out there beating the system, but the difference between them and you is that though they may be afraid of getting caught, they're doing what they feel they need to do, so why don't you do the same?
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# right back at you 2011-11-26 01:40
In other words, you are one of the scumbags that has no moral or values and nothing better to do than try to "beat the system" as you put it. If you have time post alll that crap instead of look for work (as you are clearly on unemployment illegally), then you have time to try to get a job. Shut up, quit complaining and trying to rationalize being a thief, and go try to get off unemployment instead of whining about why creeps like yourself should be allowed to steal money from the goverment. Change your name to Not Too Bright while you're at it.
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# kay 2012-01-15 23:29
If someone is working 30 plus hours and is reporting they worked only 9 hours in a week for the past 10 weeks and have been receiving weekly unemployment benefits, is this a crime. it seems to me it should be. If so, what can or should be done?
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# kay 2012-01-15 23:32
the internet is a great tool for information and to inquire about questions one may have. Yes I am very concerned if someone is scamming "the system" you should be too if you are a tax payer. It is idiots that take advantage of free money by being dishonest and it is truly a crime. One more thing.... the internet is also great at spell check. Clearly you are not aware of that Idiot.
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# lizzie 2011-09-23 18:40
I know someone who was laid off of work 3 yrs ago next month and is collecting unemployment. During this time she had a child. She is completely able to work but isn't looking for a job because she doesn't want to put her child in daycare. I've told her about jobs in the area that she is more than capable of doing and she always has the excuse that no one will b home to watch her son till her husband gets home from work. To me this is fraud. How long/what tier of unemployment does a person have to b on before they r required to prove they are looking for work? We live in PA and I know this had to be done with extended benefits. But seriously, 3 years? Shouldn't people prove they are seeking work after a certain length of time? I truly believe what she is doing is fraud.
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# Deb 2011-09-25 11:21
The father of my child owned a business with his livein girlfriend. His name appearred on business cards as either owner or manager, yet he collected unemployment. Now they broke up and his unemployment ran out. So now he is not paying child support at all and is asking for a review based on the time on unemployment although it was in my eyes fraudulent. Just last year he asked for a review and while i turned in everything, he did not so it was dropped.
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# Chris 2011-10-01 18:26
My housemate has been collecting unemployment for several years now. I know for a fact that he has not been searching for work as required. would this be sufficient grounds for me to report this to the unemployment department?
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# Meg 2011-10-02 11:02
I know someone who is collecting unemployment and has worked and got money under the table and has also not pursued to get another job he has been on it for a good two years and has put in maybe just a hand full of applications is this unemployment fraud?
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# g man 2012-02-05 11:31
let me know when you find out ok
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# Marian 2011-10-12 19:18
I have tried to report fraud using the
fraud link for nj unemployment.....it says
I need a password, which I don't have. The phone number they list is not of any
help either.....can you tell me a phone
number for NJ that someone will actually
answer?? Thank you ...
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# John 2011-10-14 15:18
I,have a person next door that lost her job.She is also a landlord that receives about $2000.00 a month in rental fees.
Does she still get unemployment benefits?
My residents is in the state of Florida.
Thank You
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# Iris 2011-10-17 11:01
I know someone who was laid off about end of Oct. she went on cruise/trip to Europe for 3 weeks end of Oct or first of Nov 2010. About 2 weeks after she returned she went to Ecuador for about 2 weeks at end of Nov. She again went to Ecuador end of january 2011. April 5th 2011 she again came to Ecuador to LIVE. As of end of April or first of May she was bragging how she was getting her unemployment checks regularly. I told her I did not like and she said even her adult daughter disagreed. Isn´t this fraud?
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# Iris 2011-10-23 10:22
Iris 2011-10-17 11:01
I know someone who was laid off about end of Oct. she went on cruise/trip to Europe for 3 weeks end of Oct or first of Nov 2010. About 2 weeks after she returned she went to Ecuador for about 2 weeks at end of Nov. She again went to Ecuador end of january 2011. April 5th 2011 she again came to Ecuador to LIVE. As of end of April or first of May she was bragging how she was getting her unemployment checks regularly. I told her I did not like and she said even her adult daughter disagreed. Isn´t this fraud?
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# pp 2012-01-17 17:37
It is not fraud, it is jelousy
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# suzanne 2011-10-29 14:19
I was collecting unemployment benefits and two years later was offered a 1/2 day a month job to do bookkeeping for someone. I did not report to unemployment the amount which was 225.00 a month because the way understood the rules was to report net earnings. While complying with unemployment rules I was seeking full time work, and was presented with a possible job if I excepted the terms. I turned the job down and the employee of the company reported that to the unemployment department. My 1 client has been audited and now they are saying that I willfully misrepresented myself. Their findings were a resume I uploaded to linked-en for a school project, which contained a bad date showing I had been self employed for 5 years prior.. I never had any work that I did not report until I took this job 2 years into my claim. Is there anyway to fight what they referred to as advertising to prove in fact that a person is not self employed? They are trying to prove fraud and saying the intilal claims were not valid because I was self employed and lied to get benefits. This is false I was just laid off and our state requires verification from the employer. Any suggestions?.
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# ANGIE 2011-11-02 07:50
I know someone who is collecting unemployment but has been working full time for a small trucking company that is paying her under the table but in checks. They do not take taxes out of her check and she makes about $14 per her. I believe she is also collecting food stamps and getting medicaid for her and her child due to the fact she is not claiming that she is working full time. Is this something that should be reported to the Unemployemtn agency or is it not a crome since her full time employment can't be proven because her employer lies for her when they are asked how many hours she works and how much she is getting paid?
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# patrick 2011-11-02 18:12
i work as a recruiter putting people to work for a living. on several occassions i have had someone turn down a job offer and stay on unemployment. Is this legal? I'm sick of my tax money going to people who HAVE a job offer in hand but turn it down for whatever the reason might be. can i report this person because i dont think they should continue to recieve unemployment benefits after turning down a job.
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# Tommy 2011-11-10 14:52
I Know someone who is working and collecting at the same time but his boss lets him save his hours up until he hits 40 hours but he collects unemployment at the same time this is fraud isnt it?
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# SHIRLEY 2011-11-14 10:47
Im not sure if a person is on unemployment but they have
indications that they are.If this person is on unemployment they are definatley committin fraud.Should I report this?
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# Mary 2011-11-23 14:35
I know someone who hated their job, and asked their supervisor to fire them. That person filed for unemployment and it was approved. Is it really that easy??? Now, that person is collecting unemployment, and boldly informs everyone that they have no intentions of looking for another job. In fact, that person is leaving on an out-of-state, then out-of-country vacation for the next month. . .and still collecting unemployment. Sounds like fraud to me!!
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# Loretta 2011-11-28 08:13
I know someone who left out of country in July of 2010, he has been receiving unemployment benefits since 2009 He was flying back to U.S. every time he had to renew his benefits, then he would go back out of country...He was working and making money in the other country and I know he did not report it, Is this illegal..
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# Sue 2011-11-29 18:44
Obviously - thank him for not helping the US economy as well
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# Red 2011-12-01 23:49
I want to know the answer to this question? I had to close my business at the end of Oct 2011. and I was keeping to girls on a pay check working with me packing up the supplies and moving items to a warehouse. Than I got sick a could not work for about 2 weeks with the flu. So one of the employees that was still drawing a check went a filed unemployment on me and said I laid her off. Can she do this?

The unemployment office said if I did not have them working for the time I was sick and they did not recieve a check, then they can file unemployment on me. Is this true?

I never laid anyone off. I called a ask if this person wanted to work and they kept giving me all kinds of excuses why they could not work.. This is person & there family has always worked the system....
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# Donna 2011-12-11 14:28
I know this man who has been on unemployment for 2 years, In all this time he make one call a week to his union. So many people have given him leads on jobs , however a job would cut into his paid vacation. He is also on probation and is required to actively looking for work. "as he says " a job would cut into his drinking time" Yet a single mother of two has made her job a full time job looking for one. That is a person with morals and ethics
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# felicia 2011-12-21 17:15
i have a question i know of someone that is drawing unemployment and working under the table sitting with a eldery man and get a check every week from unemployment and the elderly man plus also getting gov grants for school is that illega?
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# phillip 2012-01-02 21:00
i know a kid who told me his dad is collecting unemployment while working and getting paid under the table. they live a rich lavish life. he told me this a few months ago.

i dont know if its still going on but the more i think about it, the more pissed off i get so i finally decided to research this.

how would one know if this is the "legal work" you can do while still collecting, or if this is not legal? if i asked it would be suspicious and the kid could just lie.
you can only file a report" not a "keep an eye on" form?
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# Elaine 2012-01-06 18:05
I know of someone in the state of Georgia that has been drawing unemployment for more than a year without searching for work. The person in question was pregnant from the time the benefits started and used the pregnancy as an excuse. Now they are receiving alimony each month. I'm not sure what the guidelines are, but is it fraud?
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# tinch 2012-01-09 19:09
Is it fraud if my buddy's wife is getting unemployment and working at a Chinese restaurant while getting paid under the table. All he does is brag about it! It's not fair to us hard working people who bust our ass everyday legally.
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# denise 2012-01-09 22:38
I was just wondering if it is possible to get cash assistant and unemployed at the same time. i also though that you could only get unemployedment if you get laid off.
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# kandi62 2012-01-10 15:23
i just applied for extended care leave from my job because of a serious health condition but in the meantime i was collecting unemployment because the job put me on time off do i tell the unemployment that i applied for medical leave for 12 weeks or does the job tell them about my 12 week medical leave.
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# Amy 2012-01-17 19:56
there is a guy that i know that is working under the table, getting unemployment and now was given 4,000 dollars to pay his back rent. what can be done?
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# lol404 2012-01-26 14:14
My former sister-in-law goes out of the country during the summer and periodically throughout the year. She is a teacher's aide. She maintains a permanent residence in this other country and has someone else call in for her making her unavailable, unable and not seeking employment. Is this fraud and/or should it be reported?
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# Susie 2012-02-07 22:49
The father of my children owes me over $70k in child support. He was fired from his job back in September and started collecting unemployment in October. He is working though with his cousin in her business and collects money under the table without (I believe) disclosing it to the unemployment office. He does this so he doesn't have to be liable for his outstanding child support arrears. Is this illegal and fraudulent? If so, what can be done about it?
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# Laurie 2012-02-24 12:52
I know someone who is making $200/day in another state and collecting unemployment benefits from a different state. He chooses to support a total of 5 people and all the drama that goes with it, courtesy of us taxpayers. None of these people are family members.
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# Nicole 2012-02-29 13:48
Ok so I know a woman who has testified in family court and on her financials for child support that she was involuntarily laid off. Her boss affirms that this is true. However, it is a fact with proof and witnesses that she left do to an affair with her boss. One thing thing that was proof was she trained her replacement who is still employed by this company. She was also stated she recieved severance pay. She testified that her unemployment benifits had run out after only 10 months but come to find out she has bee collecting for the last two years! One last thing was durning this time she was going to school and claiming to be a stay at home mom and was in no way looking to be employed. What should I do?
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# cassie 2012-03-05 15:17
im not sure if this is considered "fraud" or not, but i have a uncle who has been unemployed for years. he recently got his unemployment benefits extended...somehow. he hasnt looked for a job in i dont know how long now, he lives at home with my 85 yr old grandmother and spends all of her social security money, lives there rent free, endulges in illegal drugs.....this list just goes on and on. i would like to know if this is even a legitmate case to report bc whether its fraud or not, its not right and should be illegal!! some kind of justice needs to be served.
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# BFrapples 2012-05-10 18:53
I would like to know the same thing. I know a guy who does the same thing,
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# george 2012-03-11 19:35
how can i report this guy,, whom collects unemployment,, while his is working making cash,, which to me is not fair, cause i as a tax payer not concern about it..
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# Caryn 2012-03-14 00:53
I was just wondering, if you can qualify for unemployment if you got fired, and got a final warning, but you have a disability.
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# Lizbeth 2012-03-15 21:31
Are you allowed to collect NYS unemployment while permanently living in Florida? I agree with previous posts, arguing that you have to be 100% positive of fraud, or YOU will be prosecuted. I would think that NYS would encourage turning in fraud, not protecting it.
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# Susan 2012-03-20 16:46
The employer is requiring people (both exempt AND non-exempt[hourly]) to work whatever it takes to complete their job (and in most cases it is at least 30 hours per week if not 40) and only paying them the difference between unemployment (in some cases, it averages out to .50/hr. if you add up what worked and not paid) and what they can make on while still receiving unemployment compensation. In addition, the employer says numerous employers he knows (in his industry) are doing the same thing. Is this legal? In addition, if not legal and you report and get fired is that legal?
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# kathy 2012-04-04 20:48
I would like to know if it is legal to collect unemployment while recuperating from bypass surgery i thought you had to be able to work to collect unemployment
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# BFrapples 2012-05-10 18:51
If I understand the rules of unemployment correctly, a person is supposed to look for a job at least a certain number of times per week. I know a person has been on unemployment for a long time and has even been given an extension on his unemployment, and yet this person sits around the house,
does nothing, does NOT go anywhere to look for a job. Is this considered Fraud?
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# Melissa 2012-05-17 10:01
I want to no if collecting unemployment and working at a family members business an accounting office and getting paid cash about 200 or less a day fraud ??
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# Glenda 2012-05-31 15:10
I work as a self-employed administrative assistant for a supervisor of a religious organization due to budgets cuts my position is being terminated. Am I eligible for unemployment benefits and are their other benefits I can claim? I reside in the state of Florida.
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# Recruiter 2012-06-14 09:34
I am a recruiter and have a candidate that if currently on unemployment and was just recently offered a job with our client. Nice pay, good location and duration. He has since gone MIA since the offer has come out which tells me his is turning it down. Is this or is this not fraud since he turned down a good opportunity while collecting unemployment.
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# dan 2012-06-29 20:00
I am a non custodial parent who pays child support as well as half of daycare. My ex recently informed me of a balance of 600 dollars due to day care . She was unemployed and c ollecting , but she found a job and applied for child assistance from the statefor daycare costs. She put my son in daycare while the paperwork went through, unfortunately she was not approved for 6 weeks which totaled over 1200 . She has since been approved and now it is a little over 300 a month, my question is when I went to the daycare and asked why wouldn't the state approve the 6 weeks they informed me that she wasnt approved due to her collecting a pay check but also was collecting unemployment check which exceeded the amount to get approved . Now she wants me to pay half of her mistake , is there a way to find out if she was trying to get extra money by being fraudulent. It sure seems that way seeing she drives a brand new car . I also think she probably didn't tell them that I give her child support .
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# Luis 2012-07-06 09:47
Would it be fraud to offer employment to a candidate who is collecting unemployment and who post their resume, they meets the employment criteria then turns down the job offer in order to continue to stay collecting benefits? I believe there should be an outlet to report these idividuals who are clearly working the system.
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# monica 2012-07-18 14:56
I know of someone who is on unemployment and is working but not reporting it. He's been working for his brother as well as doing his own jobs on the side.I don't know exactly what i need to prove he's been working. If there is some way to have someone from the agency to follow him you will have all the proof that is needed. He has been doing this for awhile but only recently found out he wasen't reporting it. Please contact me on what I need to do.
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# Tammy 2012-07-31 12:30
I know somone who has been getting unemployment payments of over $200 a week, food stamps for herself and 2 children that are rarely in her care, and child support that she uses to pay for her pain meds. She also has Soonercare, after claiming to be pregnate, when she actually was not, as she had a hysterecomy a few years ago.
She has been getting unemployment since Nov 2011 for a job that she worked at for under a year... How is she still getting umemployment and how is she getting so much along with child support and food stamps, and Soonercare???
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# Kris 2012-08-23 21:30
Is it fraud to say you live in Pa ( have your mail sent to a friends house ) and collect unemploment while actually living in another state where you have your drivers license ? Dont you have to report that your address changed from one state to another from to collect the money ?
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# Dave 2012-08-28 16:49
If someone files a claim for UI while they are still employed full time - before work separation by fire or quit - is this an act of fraud?
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# Jennifer 2012-09-05 19:47
I know someone who was laid off work with a two week severance pay. The week after getting laid off he was working for a farmer. He his now making more money working for the farmer and collecting unemployment, then when he was working and bragging to everyone about it!!He has never turned in the money made to the unemployment people !!!! He has now been collecting since the beginning of July. Is this considered fraud????
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# randy 2012-09-16 12:49
My roommate plays world of war craft all day I know he doesint look for work because he never leaves the house I know he's doing something wrong because when he broke up with his girlfriend she threatened to report him so he would stay with her its just getting to be too much and it really upsets me that even after he was afraid of being caught he still doesint look for work so I know he is supposed to be out looking for work and does not and should have been looking for work the past year but has not he sits at his computer all day and I promise you he's not filling out online applications and has all the time in the world to go to interviews but doesint what can I do?
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# chad 2012-09-25 18:55
so i know a person that is on unemployment and has been for some time. they have had an under the table full time job and keep lieing saying they have no work and can not find any. how do i prove it and make it stick.
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# Georgia 2012-10-17 13:42
I am trying to file a fraud complaint in Oklahoma reguarding unemployment disability and am having no luck finding the proper place to file. Can you please help?
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# Robert 2012-11-14 13:06
If I am collecting benefits and I recieve payments for doing work as an executor of an estate, do I have to report earnings?
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# BOBBIE 2012-11-20 13:59
Is this fraud someone getting unemployment that i feel they are not entitle to, getting the max. All because they have the same name. I believe he getting another person benefit. Is that fraud?
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# Rose 2012-11-14 23:16
I need some thoughts whether this would be qualified as fraud. I know of someone that refuses to work and continues to receive unemployment, she travels a lot and says she doesn't want to work because she would make less money, I have let her know of several opportunities and she just refuses to apply anywhere. How does someone get away with that?
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# candy 2012-11-20 01:55
How can a person collect unemployment longer then they have worked in their whole life? I know someone who worked for a about 6 months, layed off, collected for 2 yrs, worked a week,quit and contuined to collect. worked for a few more months, layed off again and has now been collecting for another 2 yrs.
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# Lyn 2012-11-30 13:27
Is it against the rules if someone who collects unemployment cashes it and sends all the money to their family in the Philippians? I don't think this is right, but is it against the rules?
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# Ashley 2012-12-17 19:50
I know someone who owns there own business & has been in business for himself since 2007. Within the last couple of years he has become an employee in the iron workers union for the benefits witch who blames him. The thing is he has drawn unemployment when he was laid off & unemployment has paid for very expensive tools for him to use while employeed as an iron worker. He never turned in to the unemployment office that he was also self employed. Isn't that fraud.
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# Val 2012-12-23 10:16
My wife was getting online to call in my unemployment for me when I wasn't working and I find out way later she was calling it in every week even after I went back to work for almost a year and when I found out I told her to quit, that ill get in trouble and she said she would. I tried to login to my account later and change password but I couldn't find anywhere where I could do that. But 4 months later or so I got a letter from the department of labor saying I owe a lot of money and asked her if she still called it in and she didn't want to admit to it but she told me she did. And for a couple years now I have had 200 dollars a paycheck garnished every two weeks. And now my wife has taken everything from me and done a lot of dirty stuff to me and I feel she needs to pay the price for calling my unemployment in instead of me. Can I turn her in for that now.
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# holly 2012-12-28 12:52
i am going through the same thing and would like to know more about this as well
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# holly 2012-12-28 12:50
I filed my husnbands unemployment while he was working. he didnt know this and we where losing everything. now unemployment is going after us. is it a felony to do that? expetionally since it wasnt my unemployment?
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# Jimmy 2013-01-11 11:12
I had a boss who was running his girlfriend's business, and he decided to file for unemployment. . .his girlfriend allowed him to keep all money made by the business. Would this fall under unemployment fraud?
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# LindaP 2013-01-15 04:57
I know of someone who is collecting unemployment benefits and who has NOT filed any taxes in over 7 years, ... how is that okay?? She worked and chose not to file taxes,, then got fired and now is living off of government assistance even though she is absolutely capable of working. What can I do to report her?
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# JH 2013-01-16 06:46
My neighbors, husband and wife, bought their $750k home to retire to several years ago. Their retirement plan included being laid off from their respective jobs to collect unemployment benefits. They are both now collecting social security benefits and pensions, AND still collecting unemployment benefits for over a year now. He keeps bragging to all us neighbors that their benefits were just extended another 40 weeks. They have absolutely no intention of ever working again. From the beginning this was their plan and it's absolutely fraudulent on their part. What to do?
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# Nicole 2013-01-21 15:59
My father who is no passed away worked as a major part of a company and they knew he was recieveing unemployment and paid him under table...now what can happen to that company?
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# spillner 2013-01-25 14:42
I have a former student who is collecting unemployment. I ran into him today and asked him what he was up to and his answer was "collecting unemployment and getting tattoos every Friday". I've known this kid for years and can tell you he's a real scum bag and I have no doubt that he's cheating the system some how. He's only 20 years old and still lives at home. Is their anything I can do to have his file get looked at for fraud?
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# AJ 2013-02-03 02:11
Is it illegal for someone who is collecting UI to work for the SAME employer that 'fired' them while collecting the benefits from them? If so, is it fraudulent only for the claimant or for the "former' employer that they are still working for while collecting? In other words, is it legal or are both considered to be committing fraud?
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# BrianM352 2013-02-10 14:10
Here's my situation. I have a roommate that is going to jail tomorrow morning to serve 30 days. She is getting served eviction papers the day she gets in because she has used her unemployment money on cigarettes and drugs instead of the bill. She also sells her food stamps to get cash for these things as well. I overheard her telling two people now that she was going to have a friend collect her weeks for her while she is in jail. Isn't that illegal and what can I do? I tried reporting her for the food stamp situation, but never heard anything back from them. Any advice would be great. I live in Florida by the way.
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# JM 2013-03-21 10:02
Is it unemployment to collect unemployment in two different states? Also this person was collecting Unemployment from Texas while Working in Colorado for an Online company in New Hampshire and his ex wife believes he was not reporting this on his Colorado Taxes
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# leena 2013-06-03 13:23
a family member has collected unemployent benifits under my husbands name, recieving extra weekly with my kids social securty numbers( over ten grand) while my husband was working full time. we paid taxes on this and it sucked our refund up. we filed fraud claim with unemployment, went to police and filed report...they have not replied in months. i went to tax place to ammend and get my eic refund back, and now i am informed that my husband may hafto pay it back!!! im am livid we gave them all the info reguarding person who did it down to getting it direct deposited in her account... i cant force them to do nuthing and they (unemployment ) is brushing it off i feel? we payed taxes on over ten thousand dollars we never saw, i want that money back n my husbands name cleared, and someone should be in big trouble! i dont understand how unemployment could allow this to happen or NOT even cross check with DOR we found this by accident, how long would this have gone on if not... so frustrated, any help appriciated ..thank you
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# Jade 2013-06-11 23:43
My ex is running his own business but he has put it under his mothers name so he does not have to pay child support, he claims he does not work and gets Centrelink payments I have told child support and Centrelink but nothing can be done has anyone been in this situation???
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# Drea 2013-08-05 14:03
My sister-in-law was asked by her supervisor in training to perform an evaluation on her which she did. She gave this supervisor a negative evaluation which management found out about because she put her name on it. The rule was set up that the eval would only count if you wrote your name on it but if you did, you would be "identified." She wrote her name on it 'cause she wanted it to count. They should have said that they'd crucify you instead if you did this since that's what they did to my sister-in-law because the supervisor was demoted to a lower level position. After this, she was targeted and was written up for numerous disciplinary actions in an attempt to get her fired. Luckily, she found another job just before they could fire her so she submitted her resignation and started her new job. When she applied, she requested that her new employer not contact this previous employer so the employer that tried to fire her had no idea where she went. She later learned that she was bad mouthed by the director from the previous job who was over the supervisor that she had written the bad eval on during her job hunt so it took her a long time to finally land another job. She had this new job for 3 years when she was fired for a minor infraction and finally got UE benefits after initially being blocked from them by the employer. The problem is that once she got the benefits, she stopped actively looking for work because she just couldn't take being slandered anymore by the previous employer who had already damaged her personal and professional reputation in order to get revenge. As a result, after her UE benefits ran out and she starting job hunting again, her last employer then also started slandering her in retaliation for her not actively looking for work while getting her benefits so she hasn't been able to find a job ever since. She's miserable and doesn't know what to do. She's considering hiring a lawyer to try to resolve the problem. Isn't she still gulity of fraud for collecting UE benefits and not looking for work even though she was being slandered by these 2 employers who caused her a lot of emotional distress?
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# Jennifer G 2013-10-11 12:22
Can a person collect unemployment and work under the table for his parents business?
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