May 2021 2 79 Report
How much trouble am I in ?? NY Unemployment Fraud ?

Ok so this past year I lost my job and was receiving unemployment benefits in New York State.

I ended my term of for the year and due to Federal help I would be able to claim again. When I called, the person asked if I was working. I told her no. She asked why she saw income reported from a company I worked for part time this year. I didn't know what to say and I froze up and stated it was a mistake. I don't intent to claim further now that I found this out.... but what do I do with this past year.

Fact is I didn't realize that I had to report if I was working part time 1 to 2 days. On average I only worked once a week and made no more then 60-80 dollars for that week.

I didn't realize that I had to claim that and now I feel like I am going to be in deep trouble. I'm not sure If I should contact the labor dept and tell them what happened. Maybe a Lawyer? I can't afford an attorney and I know If I directly report myself to the labor department its like giving in a guilty plea.

I have no problem paying back what they feel I was over paid. I just don't want to get arrested. If anyone has gone through this or knows someone who has I would appreciate the help.

Thank you.

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