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Can you collect unemployment while in jail ?

by kenny
(kansas)

Can a person draw unemployment while in Jail. And is it legal for the checks to go to the father to be cashed.



No Kenny, because while you are in jail you are not able and available for work.

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Jun 18, 2020
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How to report fraud by inmates
by: Anonymous

So how do you actually report the fraud if you know the inmates name and where he’s incarcerated and know for a fact that someone else filed for his unemployment.



Hi,
Every single state unemployment website, has a report fraud button, or link prominently displayed.

Tell me what state you're talking about and I'll link to it's website to prove the point, it's difficult to miss how to report unemployment fraud.

Chris

Jun 16, 2020
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Unemployment benefits while in jail
by: Anonymous

Can someone legally collect unemployment benefits for an inmate in a county jail. Unemployment benefits were awarded before his incarceration. Someone on the outside is doing the claims as they come to his phone having the money put in their PayPal So they can put money on the inmates books is this legal?



The obvious answer for those paying attention, is NO Anonymous, you can't legally collect benefits for someone not yourself.

What you're describing to me, is literally a blatant act of unemployment fraud should you choose to ignore my advice to not do it.

In many states (who also track IPs where a claim is filed) aside from consideration of hefty additional penalties and interest placed on top of any fraudulently gotten benefits, there's the added unwanted possibility of a prison sentence .. in addition to the financial havoc UI FRAUD overpayments can cause.

What in particular, makes what you're describing a fraudulent act for you, is the fact (rules and regs) when an unemployed person files for continuing weekly benefits, they must also certify under penalty of perjury, all answer are correctly answered and since anyone who receives benefits for any week often must answer yes to the questions about searching for a job, and being ready, able and available to accept a job .. in addition to going to work, should a job offer be made before certifying, you couldn't legitimately answer yes, for this person .. already in one governmental system and jail .. without risking your own freedom .. at least that's how I would view a boneheaded choice to file for someone while they were in jail .. just to put money on the books for them.

If you need actual proof of why I believe this would just be a very bad idea .. I'll link to the chartbook with a lot of info about state recovery provisions of unemployment overpayments, which is just one more thing about UI that can and does vary state by state.

Unemployment Overpayment Chartbook

Chris

May 11, 2020
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Fraud
by: Anonymous

What about people working in a family businesses pretending to be laid off but actually they are still working under the table.

Hi,

Got proof the employer is committing fraud?

If anyone is an employee, and they are getting paid via collecting unemployment benefits, but still having to work for the employer; first of all, I think they're nuts and advise them to stop being complicit in the scheme immediately, because there's more than just unemployment tax fraud going on.

Every state UI website has a report fraud button which will get the ball rolling.

If you can't find that button .. use the state's search bar and it's going to show up that way.

Also, if this is going on, I suggest trying to document somehow, so you can prove your assertion as a fact .. and that you were working but had voiced some objection to working for UI benefits, or why you felt you had to be complicit in this sort of fraud .. cuz just saying it's a fact doesn't make it so.

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