What are the penalties for fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits?

  • Your benefit year may be terminated and any remaining rights to benefits canceled.
  • For all (re)determinations, decisions and orders of intentional misrepresentation issued on or after July 1, 2018, the penalty assessed is 1 times the amount obtained for the first offense, 1.5 times the amount obtained the second offense and 4 times the amount obtained for cases involving identity theft.
  • For determinations issued prior July 1, 2018, and redeterminations of determinations issued prior to July 1, 2018, the fraud penalties will continue to be 2 times the overpayment if the amount obtained was less than $500.00 and 4 times the overpayment if the obtained amount was $500.00 or more.