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Long Island Unemployment Fraud Lawyer

Long Island Unemployment Fraud Lawyer

Unemployment fraud is a serious issue that could result in financial penalties and, if the fraud was severe enough, even jail time.

What Constitutes Unemployment Fraud?

The New York State Department of Labor issues unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, which are intended to help those citizens who are out of work.

Many people take advantage of this system, either unknowingly or knowingly. The Department of Labor lists all the most common examples of UI benefits fraud.

Fraud almost always involves providing some sort of false information for your unemployment claim. This could mean you weren’t honest about how your job ended, you didn’t disclose important information on your benefits application, or you said you were ready to work so you could claim UI benefits when you actually weren’t able to work at that time.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
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19:26 19 Apr 24
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18:08 18 Apr 24
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20:45 15 Mar 24
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Working while collecting unemployment benefits, without mentioning the work in your claim, is another serious issue. Note that it’s not working that is the problem. You’re allowed to take work opportunities while you’re receiving UI benefits. You simply need to note them in your claim on the weeks when you do work so that the Department of Labor can deduct the right amount from your claim that week. Otherwise, it would be an overpayment.

What Happens After an Overpayment?

If the Department of Labor determines that you received more money than you should have, it will send you a notice of the overpayment, which includes information on how you can correct the situation.

At this point, you haven’t been charged with anything. The Department of Labor evaluates the situation to decide whether it feels you intentionally made false statements to receive the overpayment.

If the Department of Labor believes that you didn’t intentionally receive the overpayment, it will require that you pay back the amount you were overpaid.

If the Department of Labor believes that you provided false information to receive an overpayment, it will assess a monetary penalty that you’ll need to pay back along with the amount that you were overpaid. For overpayments of $666.66 and under, you’ll have a monetary penalty of $100. For overpayments above that amount, you’ll have a monetary penalty of 15 percent of your total overpayment.

Although the Department of Labor hasn’t charged you with anything in this situation, it may do so if you fail to pay back the overpayment along with the monetary penalty, if you received one.

If you’re facing a monetary penalty, you can request a hearing. It’s a good idea to consult with an unemployment fraud lawyer regarding your situation, as he can advise you on your case, prepare a defense and even defend you at the hearing. This will give you a better chance of success, since unemployment fraud lawyers are familiar with the system.

Are There More Severe Penalties for Unemployment Fraud?

Depending on the severity of the alleged unemployment fraud, it’s possible that you could be charged in criminal or civil court. In recent years, the state has had a task force designed specifically to fight unemployment fraud.

It’s doubtful that you’ll be charged for one simple overpayment. But if the alleged unemployment fraud occurred over the course of months or years and involves a large amount of money, then you may face other penalties.

The most likely outcome of a guilty verdict is restitution, meaning you pay back what you owe, plus a fine. There is the chance of either jailtime or probation, although the former is unlikely in all but the most serious cases.

Although the state usually focuses on getting its money back, plus a fine, when you’ve received an overpayment, it’s different if your unemployment fraud involved identity theft. This would be the case if the prosecutor alleged that you used someone else’s identity to claim UI benefits.

You could end up with state and federal charges for identity theft, and there’s also the potential for computer fraud charges. This could have major repercussions, including jailtime.

Protecting Yourself with an Unemployment Fraud Lawyer

Whether you’re currently being charged, investigated or you’ve received a notice of overpayment, an unemployment fraud lawyer can help.

It’s in your best interest to be proactive in this type of situation. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner he can start advising you on the correct steps to take and preparing your defense.

Unemployment fraud is a difficult charge to defend yourself against alone. An experienced lawyer will fully understand the system to provide you with the best representation. Your lawyer can defend you in court to fight the charges or talk to the prosecutor to negotiate a plea bargain. Contact a Long Island unemployment fraud lawyer today to get started.

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