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Old 02-20-2017, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by citychik View Post
How stupid can anyone be to even think this is okay just because they think "everyone does it?" It not only is dumb, but illegal.

What she is doing is called FRAUD. It is illegal to work off the books, whether on Unemployment or not, but when you are doing it while collecting Unemployment, you are defrauding the government and can incur severe penalties.

People can be charged with Unemployment fraud for a number of reasons. If you misreport your income, lie on your application, or fail to look for a job when you say you are looking - any of those things can land a person in hot water! But working off the books while collecting is probably the worst.

If found guilty of Unemployment fraud, there could be criminal charges, with penalties (even jail time!), and that means a criminal record which won't help you finding a job after that! In addition, the person found guilty of committing fraud is usually made to pay all those benefits back. They will also be disallowed from collecting UI in the future.

It's simply not worth the risk to collect and work off the books at the same time! Besides, it's not fair for everyone else who plays by the rules. And I would say that MOST people on UI do not work off the books while doing it. I think it was much more prevalent to do that 20 years ago, but not anymore.

I agree, when you receive unemployment you just cut back because it's really only supposed to take care of the things below


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