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WHAT IS UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (UI) FRAUD?
It is considered fraud when an individual or employer knowingly misrepresents material facts that allow someone to collect UI benefits when he or she would otherwise be disqualified. Fraud also occurs when tax liabilities owed to the S.C. Department of Employment & Workforce (DEW) are misrepresented.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FRAUD & SCAMS
Fraud comes in many forms, but there are generally two types:
HOW TO PREVENT FRAUD
Please note and be advised of the following tips to avoid fraud and scams while working with our agency:
Do you have a suspected case of UI Fraud? Visit the fraud page on our website at dew.sc.gov.Thank you for helping us protect you, the financial stability of the UI Trust Fund and the financial stability of the citizens of South Carolina.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU COMMIT UI FRAUD?
DEW partners with the SC Attorney General to fine and prosecute UI fraud. If you are found guilty of UI fraud, you will be disqualified from receiving benefits for up to 52 weeks. Providing false information is a crime and subjects you to legal action with fines up to$100,000 and imprisonment up to 10 years.
You also will have to pay back any overpayments received as a result of incorrectly reporting wages. This might mean DEW intercepting your state and federal income taxes and the withholding of future wages to settle the debt.
REMEMBER, FRAUD IS THEFT AND THEFT IS A CRIME.