There may come a time in your life when your employment situation is not as stable as you would like it to be and you have to rely on state unemployment benefits to survive. In the transition from being unemployed to fully employed, there might be those part-time jobs that help put money in your wallet, but do not pay the bills. It is at those times that some people lie to continue their unemployment benefits. Lying to the government is never a good thing, and it is especially bad when you are collecting money you should not be collecting.
Adjust Your Unemployment
Did you know that your unemployment benefits do not necessarily have to stop because you got a part-time job? Most people do not realize this, but they can adjust their unemployment benefits to reflect their part-time job and still get some kind of help while they get back on their feet. Instead of lying to keep full benefits, you should look into adjusting your benefits so you can get legal financial help until you get a full-time job.
Lying is Fraud
Misrepresenting your employment status or providing any false information to receive unemployment benefits is considered to be fraud in New York State. The type of trouble you face depends on the extent of your crime. You could be charged with fraud as a misdemeanor, or you could face a felony charge with jail time if your crime is considered extensive enough. It is also possible that you will face a civil court trial for your fraud that could dig deep into your finances and leave you bankrupt.
New York State Prosecutes Unemployment Fraud
The state of New York takes every crime seriously, but it tends to be very aggressive in its pursuit of those who commit unemployment fraud. In some cases, the people who commit unemployment fraud are unaware of just how severe their crime is until the state steps in and files charges. If you are knowingly committing unemployment fraud, know that the state will eventually catch up with you. If you are unsure about whether or not you should be receiving unemployment benefits, then contact your local unemployment office for clarification immediately.
The consequences you face for your crimes depend on their severity. In every case, you can expect to have to pay back the amount of money you received in illegal benefits. When you owe the government money, that debt is considered priority over any other debt or expenses you may have. The severity of your crime could mean that you have to pay other fines, and you might even face jail time. Even after you have paid your penalties and did your time, it is going to be difficult to find a job or get an application approved for an apartment when you have a record of committing fraud against the government.
When people decide to lie to receive more unemployment benefits, it is usually to get a couple of extra bucks a week while they transition into a new job. But when you consider the severity of the penalties you could face for this type of fraud, it makes doing the crime not even worth it.