Fraud and Penalties: What You Need to Know

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Collecting Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits based on false, misreported, or unreported information to the EDD is considered fraud. UI claimants are legally responsible to follow the requirements set by state law. If you commit UI fraud, you could face serious penalties and consequences.


UI fraud penalties can include:

  • Prosecution by government authorities.
  • Possible jail or prison sentences.
  • Repaying the UI benefits collected, plus penalties and fines.
  • Loss of future income tax refunds.
  • Losing eligibility to collect UI benefits in the future.

Report Fraud

If you think someone is committing UI fraud, notify the EDD immediately using Ask EDD or send a fax to 1-916-227-2772. For more information, review How to Report Unemployment Insurance Fraud (DE 2370) (PDF).

Information for Claimants

  • Returning to work but continuing to collect UI benefits without reporting your work and wages.
  • Not reporting wages during the week that the work was performed.
  • Working a temporary or part-time job but not reporting your work and wages.
  • Withholding information or providing false information to the EDD.

Information for Employers

Help minimize your UI costs, avoid higher UI taxes, and prevent overpayment of UI benefits by providing us with accurate information.

Identity Theft and Imposter Claims

Identity theft is a growing problem affecting millions of people and their livelihoods. UI identity theft occurs when you use someone else’s personal identifying information to file a UI imposter claim and illegally obtain UI benefits.

If you think that someone has filed a UI claim in your name, report fraud online or send a fax to 1-916-227-2772.

For more information about protecting yourself from identity theft, visit Identity Theft Prevention and review the California Attorney General’s Identity Theft Information Sheets.

When an identity thief files an imposter claim for one of your employees, it can increase your UI tax rates. It is important for us to partner to protect your employees and the integrity of the UI program.

For more information on preventing, identifying, and reporting identity theft, visit Identity Theft Prevention.