What Happens if You Falsify Information When Applying for Unemployment?

Falsifying Information When Applying for Unemployment

Falsifying information on your unemployment application may have serious consequences.  The Texas Workforce Commission states that anyone who provides false information or is found being untruthful when supplying information in order to receive benefits may get jail time, fines and even reducing chances of gaining future employment.  The same is possible for other states that offer employment benefits.

The Texas Workforce Commission considers giving false information an act of fraud, which is why the penalty for committing it can be pretty stiff.  Under the Texas Penal Code the act is considered a Class A misdemeanor.  Fraud in this case is related to purposely or knowingly giving information that you know is not true.  It may also relate to hiding or failing to provide information.  Such misdemeanors may carry a year in jail, a fine of several thousand dollars or both.

When you file for unemployment benefits it is important to be truthful and honest when providing information.  The unemployment agency collects information from you and your employer including hours worked, the amount earned, length of employment and last day of work.

If you received unemployment benefits and obtain work, it is important to report earning to the unemployment office.  Earnings include part-time, full-time earnings, commission, bonuses, wages, etc. Withholding such information may get you prosecuted for fraud.  The earnings should be reported in the same week you performed the service, even if you’re scheduled to receive payment until the following week.  Questions or concerns should be reviewed with a representative at the unemployment agency.