If I collected unemployment for an extra2 weeks after accepting a full-time job, what will happen?

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If I collected unemployment for an extra2 weeks after accepting a full-time job, what will happen?

Will I go to jail?

Asked on October 15, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

At a minimum, you would have to return the money, since you did not have an entitlement to it--i.e. you did not qualify for it. If you come forward voluntarily and explain that it was a mistake (e.g. because you'd been in the habit of certifying for unemployment, you kept doint it without thinking for 2 weeks more) and repay the money, very often there will no further consequences, other than possibly some modest additional fine or interest. If you don't come forward voluntarily and instead the authorities discover the matter and come after you, they may at that point conclude you were trying to commit fraud; if they take that tack, they could potentially try to impose criminal as well as civil penalties on you. If you're only talking 2 weeks, you most likely could work out something voluntarily that is reasonable, so you should think carefully about the possibility of coming forward voluntarily, rather than waiting to see if the state will notice you on its own.


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