The Great Recession of the early 21st century has left many victims in its wake, from retailers to builders to investors. But perhaps the hardest hit group has been the labor force, with massive layoffs, temporary loss of jobs, and cutbacks in hours and salaries. Personnel in nearly all industries have struggled in vain to find work, and despite the reassuring if dubiously fluctuating reports heralding a resurgence in the job market, many people still have difficulty making ends meet. So it comes as little surprise that a correlation is seen between the jobless rate and a rise in unemployment benefits. Even people with low-paying jobs may feel they are entitled to this supplement, believing that the government has failed them.
Unfortunately, for better or worse, they would be wrong. Unemployment fraud is a grave crime, one that is widespread and is costing taxpayers billions. And in the long run, such fraud deprives the truly needy of the resources they deserve. New York lawmakers take unemployment fraud very seriously, so if you or a loved one is charged with unemployment fraud or even being investigated for it, you need to engage the services of a qualified and skillful lawyer to protect your rights and keep you from the grim consequences you may face. The Law Office of James Medows has the expertise and the years of experience to help you in this quandary.
Unemployment fraud means that you are illegally collecting unemployment benefits and that you do not meet the qualifications to receive these funds. Occasionally, individuals may not even realize that they have done anything wrong; for instance, someone who mows your lawn for $30 and does not report the income may well be unaware that this neglect is a problem. In such cases, having a knowledgeable attorney will be particularly important to help you understand what has happened and to defend your rights. Generally, however, people deliberately misrepresent themselves in order to receive this enhanced income, sometimes accruing thousands of dollars before being caught.
The basic criteria for collecting unemployment is that you must not be working and that you be actively seeking employment. (In some cases, people earning no more than $405.00 per week may qualify for partial unemployment.) If you actually have a job while collecting unemployment benefits, if you are unemployed but not looking for work, or if you lie about your ability to work, then you can be charged with unemployment fraud. According to the New York Department of Labor guidelines, you can be charged with unemployment fraud for committing a number of violations, including the following:
Interpreting and evaluating these intricate and often tangled details is not something you should do on your own. Contact the Law Office of James Medows, who can expertly assess any charges and vigorously defend you against them as well as any feasible consequences, which can include fines, restitution, and jail time. Furthermore, given the amount of money stolen through unemployment fraud, charges can potentially escalate to petty larceny and grand larceny, making the consequences far more serious.
But workers are not the only ones liable for charges of unemployment fraud. Employers are also subject to these accusations by providing false information about employees or their salaries, paying “off the books” or “under the table” wages, and hiring individuals as individual contractors to avoid having to pay unemployment benefits. State employees may also be accused of corruption that can be linked to unemployment fraud through such actions as giving or receiving bribes, accepting gifts illegally, stealing or misusing state funds or property, or discriminating against individuals in any way.
New York vigorously investigates any kind of unemployment fraud in order to protect taxpayers and to save billions of dollars from being siphoned from state funds that are used in part to help the unemployed people who need them. If you or a loved one are charged with unemployment fraud, do not take any chances. Hire a professional unemployment fraud attorney who will vigorously defend you, work to prove that you did not willingly try to cheat any person or organization, and guarantee that your rights are protected at all times.
The Law Office of James Medows is highly skilled in unemployment fraud and can offer the best defense you will want. For James, you are not just a client; you are an individual enduring the terror and confusion that any criminal charge brings. James will be your advocate and advisor as well as your legal counsel, and he will dedicate himself fully to gaining the best possible outcome for your case, keeping your record clean, and helping you to guide your life back on track.