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Fired for stealing - Can I get unemployment?

by Eric
(Henderson, Nevada)

Around Christmas time our company gives out a Visa Bonus Card. Well I found of these $75 Visa Gift Cards in the desk of one of the employees. I proceeded to a local store and used the card to purchase goods. I then made the mistake of returning the empty Visa Gift to the employees desk, not thinking they would investigate it. Well they did...the employee tracked where the purchase was a copy of the surveillance tape/photography and went to the police. The police contacted the Human Resource Dept and they made the positive ID that it was me...When they called me into the office my actual Supervisor didn't say a word (anger/embarrassed)...The HR Manager only said " I regret to inform you that we have to terminate your employment effective immediately" and gave me the detectives number to contact. Which I did and confessed. The HR Manager did not verbally say why I was getting fired...only to contact the detective. The HR Manger also said that they would mention to any other employees why it is I was being terminated. I think my mistake when filing for unemployment came when a rep called to conduct a phone interview...I told them than the reason i was terminated was for "misuse of company property" (i think this raised a red flag in my case file)... and didn't mention the stealing of the gift card" I think if I had just said that i was laid off...that i would have received the benefits with no questions. So needles to say i was denied benefits..and i appealed it.

In my appeal letter I just told em an innocent story about how I didn't know what I was fired for...just that i only guessed it was because I would occasionally use the company's computer to check email...which is not something i thought i should have been fired for, seeing that other departments/employees use the internet plus I was never warned that if I used the internet that i would be terminated. My appeal hearing is next week and the paper says that all witnesses must be present at the hearing. assuming that means my former emloyer too, right? My plan was to stick with my (misuse of company property) story and hopefully win the decision....but if there is a witness there...then i was just going to plead my case for need of help... what do you think???

Hi Eric,

I'm going to suggest you read the information on the page about how to collect unemployment. Specifically the information titled Know what to expect when you file unemployment online.

Your mistake was and still is, not knowing that right after you filed the state sent a form to your employer letting them know you filed for unemployment and the employer told them the truth.

My suggestion to you is "WITHDRAW THE APPEAL NOW". And if you want to know why I think this go to Nevada's Unemployment Laws and find the fraud statutes to see what they can do to you for what you are trying to do.

Nevada actual has the ability to imprison you for a maximum of 10 years for fraud.

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You stole
by: Anonymous

Yo mention one of your mistakes was returning the card. Seems you still want to live off other peoples work. Your mistake was stealing in the first place. Now you want unemployment benefits for a situation that you created. You probably were a poor employee also (usually poor employees are more likely to steal). Go back out to the world, stand up like a real person, be honorable, trustworthy, hard working, and productive. Expect those around you to be the same and expect people to treat you well. Dont be a thief. Dont suck the teets of other peoples hard work.

What I think
by: Anonymous

I think you should not steal. I also think you should not do further dumb stuff, like commit unemployment fraud.

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