Unemployment Compensation Fraud in Broward and Palm Beach Counties (along with the rest of Florida) is governed by Florida Statutes section 443.071 In Florida, Unemployment Compensation Fraud is a third degree felony which means that the offense is punishable by up to five years in Florida state prison up to a $5,000 fine per offense, and a loss of future unemployment benefits.
If an individual knowingly collects unemployment benefits based on false or inaccurate information that was intentionally provided at the time the claim was filed, those representations may lead to a charge of Unemployment Compensation Fraud and warrant contact with a Ft Lauderdale unemployment compensation lawyer. An experienced fraud attorney can assist in protecting an individual’s rights and ensure that a strong defense is built.
Presence of Fraud in Florida
Florida recently recovered $42.8 million in fraudulent unemployment compensation over payments in one year alone. Florida residents collecting unemployment compensation are required to report any income and all income. Failure to report can result in over payment.
Some Examples of Unemployment Compensation fraud may include:
- An individual is employed but continues to collect benefits.
- An individual is working part-time but does not report these earnings to the State of Florida.
- An individual withholds information or gives false information to the State of Florida.
An allegation of Unemployment Compensation Fraud can have a variety of negative consequences. Any felony allegation, in and of itself, can damage an individual’s reputation, and negatively interfere with employment and livelihood. Fraud allegations are specifically problematic because the charge itself speaks to an individual’s honesty.
Consulting With An Experienced Attorney
The outcome your case will depend on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, your criminal history (or lack thereof), the amount of money involved and the ability to repay or make restitution. An experienced Ft Lauderdale unemployment compensation fraud attorney can often negotiate a resolution that involves no felony conviction (a withholding of adjudication) and a period of probation necessary to make restitution.
At Leifert & Leifert, an Unemployment Compensation Fraud lawyer in Ft Lauderdale will provide you with the defense necessary to obtain the best possible outcome. Our attorneys are former prosecutors in both Broward County and Palm Beach County and have the experience necessary to defend you against an allegation Unemployment Compensation Fraud. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.