Fraud Prevention


Detecting and prosecuting fraud is a high priority for the Division of Unemployment Insurance. If you think an employer or unemployed worker is committing unemployment insurance fraud, please select the violating party below, then complete and submit a fraud report.

Fraud Includes:

  • Not reporting hours and earnings while working and collecting benefits.
  • Failing to report employment. This includes commission, temporary, 1099 (independent contractor), self-employment, or cash jobs.
  • Failing to report a job separation.
  • Fabricating work search efforts or failing to conduct a valid work search.
  • Failing to report refusals of work.
  • Making a false statement or misrepresentation to receive or increase unemployment payments. (e.g., failing to report school attendance while collecting payments).
  • Using another person's identity (name and/or social security number) to work and file for unemployment payments.
  • Helping someone file a fraudulent unemployment claim.
  • Failing to report other types of compensation (e.g., Workers' Compensation benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance).
  • Failing to report being unable and unavailable to work (e.g., ill or injured, out of area, on vacation, etc.) while collecting unemployment payments.


Working while receiving benefit payments may result in a person being assessed fraud which can include a monetary penalty of 65% of the total overpaid amount and a 4-week penalty for each week in which the person fraudulently requested payment. Penalty weeks must be served on an active claim, for which you are filing for benefits. While serving penalty weeks, benefits will not be paid and no money will be offset toward the overpaid amount. Additional collection activities may include civil and criminal prosecution, including court costs, fines and/or imprisonment.

Report Fraud

If you think an employer or employee is committing unemployment insurance fraud, please complete and submit the form below.

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