UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (UC) FRAUD IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE.
If you give false information to the Department of Labor & Industry (department) or withhold information to obtain UC, you may be
criminally prosecuted under various provisions of Pennsylvania law: 18 Pa.C.S. §4904 (unsworn falsification to authorities), 18 Pa.C.S. §3922 (theft by deception) and 43 P.S. §871 (false statements or representations to obtain or increase compensation). If you are prosecuted, you may be subject to a
fine, imprisonment, restitution, garnishment of federal tax refunds and loss of future benefits.
You may be committing fraud if you lie about the reason you were separated from employment, return to a full-time job or start your own business without telling the department, work part-time and do not report your wages for the week when they were earned, claim benefits when you are not able to work or available for work or allow another person to claim benefits for you.
The department’s fraud investigation division is committed to the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of those who commit, or attempt to commit, UC fraud. The department employs multiple detection systems to identify claimants who work while claiming benefits and do not report their wages.
If you fail to report wages or otherwise lie about your eligibility, you should expect to be caught.
Unemployment Compensation (UC) fraud is not only a crime, it raises the cost of UC for all Pennsylvania employers and employees. UC is a protection for you now and in the future. Do not jeopardize this protection by committing fraud.
To report fraud, please visit
and click on the "Fraud and Misconduct" link.