Unemployment Insurance Fraud Is A Felony!
- Unemployment Insurance claims are audited quarterly.
- Newly hired and re-hired employees are reported to DES on a weekly basis.
- Overpaid benefits may be recovered by diverting your Arizona income tax refund.
- Not reporting earnings can result in legal action.
- You may be prosecuted for withholding or falsifying information to obtain or increase your benefits which may result in a fine or incarceration.
Do your part to prevent overpayments on your claim. Report earnings in the week you work (even if you have not yet been paid for your services) and report eligibility issues in the week they occur (for example, if you were not available for or able to work, did not actively look for work or refused a job during a week for which you are claiming benefits).
Penalty for false statements: It is a felony to misrepresent or fail to disclose facts or to make false statements in order to obtain or increase benefits. If you knowingly make a false statement or withhold information in order to collect unemployment insurance benefits to which you are not entitled, the Arizona Department of Economic Security may take civil or criminal action against you. Criminal action may result in a fine and/or imprisonment. In addition, you will be required to repay the amount you received illegally.