Fraud is making false statements or failing to report material facts while collecting unemployment benefits. The Idaho Department of Labor discovers improper payments in a number of ways, including notification from employers when new employees are hired. If we find you were paid benefits for any week that you were employed and did not report wages or reported wages incorrectly, we must investigate.
All claims are subject to random audits. If your claim is selected for an audit, an auditor will contact you to go over your claim.
The auditor also will contact former employers to verify payroll records and the reason you became unemployed. We want to make certain that only eligible claimants receive benefits and that each claimant is paid the proper amount. If you are audited, it is critical that you promptly respond to these audit requests. Failure to do so or failure to explain adequately any discrepancies noted could result in an unemployment insurance fraud decision and an overpayment.
Individuals who defraud Idaho’s unemployment insurance system are subject to a possible felony conviction and must repay the entire amount in addition to penalties. These individuals will have to wait a minimum of 52 weeks and repay fraudulently received benefits in full before obtaining future benefits.
The penalty amounts are as follows:
Avoid the pitfalls that lead to fraud:
You should not claim benefits for any week in which you worked full time. You are no longer eligible to collect benefits. There is no need to call us; simply quit filing your weekly claim. Continuing to collect benefits could lead to monetary penalties and criminal prosecution. The next time you work less than full time and want to claim benefits, you will need to reopen your claim.
If you suspect someone is fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits, please call our toll-free tip line at (877) 540-8638 and leave contact information for the person or business involved in committing fraud and a description of fraudulent activities, or provide the information by email to Fraud@labor.idaho.gov.
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