How To Report Unemployment Insurance Fraud
You may report someone who is fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits by contacting Benefit Payment Control at:
| By mail:
Benefit Payment Control
220 French Landing Drive
Nashville, TN 37243-1002
| By phone:
The information will be sent to an Unemployment Benefit Auditor who will review the information given as well as contacting the current employer. If it appears that an overpayment may exist, the claimant will be called in for a hearing regarding a possible overpayment.
You may give your name and number for an investigator to contact you for additional information if needed, or you may remain anonymous. Please include as much of the following information as possible:
- Name, address, and phone number of the individual
- Social security number
- Where they are working (address and phone number if known)
- Dates of employment
- If self employed, type of business and any known customers or clients
What is UI Fraud?
If you knowingly collect benefits based on false or inaccurate information that you intentionally provided when you filed your cliam, you are committing fraud. UI fraud is punishable by law and violators could face a number of serious penalities and consequences.
Examples of UI fraud could include:
- An individual returns to work but continues to collect UI benefits.
- An individual works a part-time job but does not report his or her earnings to the state, thereby collecting more benefits than he is allowed.
- An individual performs temporary work while collecting UI benefits but does not report the earnings when filing his or her weekly claim.
- An individual holds back information or gives false information to the state UI agency.
If you commit UI fraud, then you could face a variety of serious penalities. These include:
- Prosecution by government authorities
- Possible jail or prison sentences
- Repaying the UI benefits collected, plus penalties and fines
- Forfeiting future income tax refunds
- Losing the eligibility to collect UI benefits in the future
Anyone who collects UI benefits is legally responsible for making sure he follows the requirements set by state law. Failure to follow the rules can result in serious consequences that will impact you and your family.
If you think you may have committed UI fraud, let us help you to address the issue. Don't delay - ask your UI representative to help.
Benefit Payment Unit (615) 741-2606