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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, please complete and submit a fraud report.
An employer who knowingly makes a false statement, causes a false statement to be made as to the reason for a job separation, or makes a false offer of work that causes a delay in the proper payment of unemployment benefits to a claimant is committing an act of fraud. An employer who commits this type of fraud is charged with one and one-half times the amount of unemployment benefits that should have been paid to the claimant during the period of delay and with 100 percent of the amount of all other unemployment benefits made to the claimant thereafter during the claimant's benefit year. These penalties are in addition to any civil and criminal prosecution, including court costs and/or fines.
Criminal convictions in fraud cases often result in court-ordered restitution to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Most convicted individuals make regular payments through the registry offices of the district courts.
Unemployed Worker Fraud
A person is committing fraud if they knowingly make a false statement or withhold information to receive unemployment benefits payments.
Working while receiving benefit payments may result in a person being charged with theft, which includes a mandatory, monetary penalty of 65% of the total amount overpaid. In addition, a 4-week penalty can be assessed 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. These penalties are in addition to any civil and criminal prosecution, including court costs and/or fines.
Total restitution ordered: $216,587.48
Lecia Lachelle (Boulder County)
Kathrin Evancho (Eagle County)
Lee Stammis (Larimer County)
Devonica McElroy (Arapahoe County)
Nery Torres-Rodriguez (Adams County)
Michael Walsh (Jefferson County)
Joecella Atkins-Banks (Arapahoe County)
Ronald McBride (Denver County)
Leroy Bell Jr. (Arapahoe County)
Roberta Spencer-Santisteven (Pueblo County)