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What Will Happen If I Draw Unemployment Benefits While I Am Working?

You may be charged with an overpayment of unemployment benefits that you will have to repay before any further or future benefits can be paid to you. You may also be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits. If you are working and drawing benefits, it will be discovered through a periodic audit of your unemployment claim for benefits. Anyone who is found to claim as much as one week of benefits with intent to willfully defraud the state may be charged with fraud. A fraud penalty may also be assessed against your current and/or next subsequent claim for unemployment benefits. A warrant for your arrest may be filed with the county sheriff in which you reside, for committing the act of fraud. The Unemployment Insurance Law provides that anyone found to have committed fraud in claiming unemployment benefits, whether such payment or benefit is received or not, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Each week claimed constitutes a separate offense.

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