If there is an Unemployment Fraud Determination in Arizona
The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) takes claims of unemployment insurance fraud seriously. Arizona’s state government will seek to prosecute those who intentionally misrepresent facts in order to obtain or increase unemployment benefits. Unfortunately, simple mistakes or an error in judgment can have you facing criminal charges that carry serious consequences.
How Allegations of Insurance Fraud Can Happen
In many cases, clients first learn that they are the targets of an unemployment benefits fraud investigation when they received a letter from the Arizona Department of Economic Security regarding excess benefits. In such cases, one should seek legal advice before speaking to them. Unemployment insurance fraud can start out rather innocently and balloon into a serious offense – potentially even criminal. After receiving unemployment checks for several weeks, a person who finds a job can fail to report it and continue to receive benefits. Even if these actions only happen for a couple of weeks, if the DES finds out about the fraudulent behavior, they can pursue criminal action and require that the amount be repaid.
While it is technically possible for jail time to result from an instance of unemployment insurance fraud, in many cases, it is possible to negotiate reduced or dismissed charges. This being said, fraud can be defended against. If you see fraud associated with any unemployment documents or anticipate fraud becoming an issue of concern, please seek immediate advisement concerning your specific situation. Otherwise, you may inadvertently waive rights that allow you to defend yourself against unemployment fraud in Arizona. I will look at your case and determine what the best options are for your situation.
Arizona Unemployment Fraud Representation and Defense
In Arizona, unemployment insurance fraud may be considered a felony and any criminal charge for fraud should be taken seriously. My office advises, counsels and defends individuals accused of unemployment insurance fraud in the State of Arizona. I will help you defend your rights against the DES and give confidence that your best interests are being looked after by a skilled and knowledgeable advocate. Talk with me as soon as possible about your case if your claim has been deemed as unemployment insurance fraud. Contact me for an initial consultation.