Department to pursue fraudulent activities, prevent misuse of UI program

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development continues to take measures to prevent fraud and misuse of the Unemployment Insurance program.

    Commissioner Tamika L. Ledbetter said they will vigorously pursue all fraudulent activities to the fullest extent of the law.

    Individuals commit UI fraud by knowingly submitting false information, knowingly continuing to collect benefits when ineligible, intentionally collecting benefits without reporting wages or income, or not reporting when suitable employment or available work is refused.

    If an individual refuses an offer of work because UI pays more than their weekly wage, is asking to be laid off, requests to have their hours reduced, or quits available work so they can obtain UI benefits, they may be committing fraud. Employers should immediately report these activities for investigation.

    Employers may send the following information to the UI office by email at uifraud@alaska.gov or by fax to (907) 375-9520. A representative will contact the business for additional information:

    • Business name
    • Contact information
    • Individuals first and last name
    • Last four of the individual’s social security number, if available
    • A brief description of the activity

    The department takes fraudulent activities to collect UI benefits seriously. If an individual obtains benefits through fraud, the individual is ineligible for any additional benefit payments, must re-pay the benefits received, and is subject to criminal prosecution.

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