About Unemployment Insurance Fraud
In order to collect unemployment insurance legally in Rhode Island, a claimant must be able to work, be available for work and actively seeking work.
An unemployment insurance claimant who is currently collecting benefits is committing fraud IF:
- that claimant is also working full-time;
- that claimant is working part-time AND has not reported the resulting income to the Department of Labor and Training;
- that claimant has turned down a qualified job offer;
- that claimant is unable to work due to illness or injury; or
- that claimant is unavailable to work due to travel or other commitments.
An employer is committing fraud IF:
- that employer colludes with workers so that they may unlawfully receive unemployment insurance benefits; or
- that employer pays cash wages or other hidden compensation in order to avoid paying related taxes.