UI benefit fraud is when an individual knowingly collects unemployment insurance benefits based on false or inaccurate information that is intentionally provided when a claim is filed. UI fraud is punishable by law and violators could face a number of serious penalties and consequences.
If an individual commit UI fraud, you could face a variety of serious penalties. These include:
*Anyone who collects UI benefits is legally responsible for making sure the requirements set by state law are followed. Failure to follow the rules can result in serious consequences that will impact you and your family.
Overpayments occur when individuals commit benefit fraud. The Benefit Payment Control (BPC) Unit will make several attempts to establish a repayment plan in the event of an overpayment occurring. If the BPC Unit cannot establish the repayment plan, the agency will be authorized to collect any unemployment compensation debt from any federal income tax refund.
If you have received a Notice of Overpayment, establish a repayment plan by calling 615-741-2606. Payments may be made by check or money order and mailed to Benefit Payment Control. See information below for complete mailing address.
Report all earnings
Federal and state law requires that you report all earnings before taxes are deducted, including wages earned from self-employment, while claiming reemployment assistance benefits. This also includes reporting self-employment while claiming reemployment assistance benefits. ALL work and earnings must be reported in the week between Sunday and Saturday that you worked, even if you have not been paid.
How do I report earnings correctly?
You may report someone who is fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits by contacting Benefit Payment Control at:
Benefit Payment Control
220 French Landing Drive
Nashville, TN 37243-1002
You may give your name and number for an investigator to contact you for additional information if needed, or you may remain anonymous. Please include as much of the following information as possible:
The information will be sent to an Unemployment Benefit Auditor who will review the information given as well as contacting the current employer. If it appears that an overpayment may exist, the claimant will be called in for a hearing regarding a possible overpayment.