Wht to do if I’m being accused of fraud by the unemployment insurance agency?

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Wht to do if I’m being accused of fraud by the unemployment insurance agency?

I had a full-time job, found a new one that was part time and after 3 weeks was fired for no reason. A couple weeks laters I thought I’d apply for unemployment as I was having a hard time finding work. Yesterday I received a determination that I was not disqualified from receiving benefits. Today, I receive a letter accusing me of fraud. I don’t know what I’ve done wrong?

Asked on July 26, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I would speak with an unemployment attorney in your area.  You can not apply for unemployment beenfits under most state laws unless you were let go (fired) through "no fault of your own."  If you left voluntarily to take a part time job that is not generally one of the valid reasons to apply for unemployment.  Now, if you had been at the new job for a certain amount of time (differs from state to state) and were then fired you may have been able to collect from the old company but again, that is particular to some states only.  Get help.  Good luck.


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