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What are the penalties for fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits?

It is against state law to intentionally make false statements or conceal material information to gain or avoid the payment of benefits. You may have to repay up to 1.5 times the amount of benefits received. Benefits will be stopped an any remaining benefits will be lost. You may also be subject to criminal prosecution. If prosecuted, you may be required to pay court costs and fines, face jail time, perform community service or any combination of these.

For more information about your rights and responsibilities, refer to Unemployment Benefits in Michigan Handbook found on this website.