Unemployment Insurance Handbook for Employers (UCB-201-P)
Section 1 - Benefits

PART 8 - Benefit Overpayment Collection & Fraudulent Claims/Penalties

Maintaining the integrity of the unemployment insurance program is an important function which helps ensure benefits are paid only to those who qualify for benefits under the law.

Employers and claimants are educated through informational pamphlets, periodic educational seminars/clinics, one-on-one communications and the internet to explain the unemployment insurance program.

Benefit Overpayment Collection

If benefits are paid erroneously, a claimant will receive a written overpayment decision. This document is a legal document. The appeal period is limited. See Section 3 for appeals information.

The amount of the overpayment may be deducted from benefits that the individual would otherwise be eligible to receive. If the overpayment is not deducted from benefits, and the claimant does not respond to collection letters, the Department is authorized to take legal actions including:

Fraudulent Claims/Penalties

The Department uses various procedures and techniques to detect fraud and abuse. A few methods include routine audits of employer payroll records, crossmatching employer payroll records with benefit payments within Wisconsin and with other states, the exchange of information with other agencies, and the investigation of complaints and tips from various sources.

Wisconsin's law provides for penalties and/or criminal prosecution for fraudulent unemployment insurance claims.

The unemployment insurance program is a partnership among employers, claimants and the department. All parties must do their part to deter fraud and abuse. Report suspected or known violations to one of our Benefit Centers.

References: 108.04(11) and 108.24(1) and (2) of the Wisconsin Statutes.


Updated: June 23, 2014