A worker can be guilty of unemployment fraud if they intentionally and knowingly making false statements or misrepresentations of their employment status to obtain unemployment insurance payments. For example, an employee commits unemployment fraud when they:
- fail to report that they are employed or have found employment;
- use a false name or another person’s identifying information to submit false or misleading information about their employment status, income, and other related issues;
- fail to actively seek employment while informing the state unemployment office otherwise.
Penalties for Unemployment Fraud
Unemployment fraud penalties can be at both the civil and criminal level, depending on the situation. Generally, New York’s unemployment insurance laws consider it a misdemeanor to willfully make a false statement or misrepresentation in order to obtain unemployment benefits. An individual may also face charges for associated crimes, such as identity theft and even computer fraud. In any case, the severity of the penalty, as well as if the offense will be charged at the state or federal level (or both), may depend on the amount of money involved in the scheme. An experienced attorney can better help to clarify the situation.
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You may already be navigating tough financial waters as it is; an accusation of unemployment fraud only adds to the stress you are dealing with. The Law Offices of Wilson Antonio LaFaurie genuinely care about each of their clients and will help you through every step of a seemingly intimidating legal process. There might be a lack of evidence or a lack of criminal intent in your instance of “fraud” that implicates you less than suggested. Whatever your situation, we will do our best to get you out of it.
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