Defending Unemployment Insurance Fraud Charges

A law firm you can trust to protect your rights

In Arizona, unemployment fraud is a serious white-collar crime that is charged as a felony. If you're facing this charge, you could be looking at significant jail time, fines and other personal and professional consequences. The legal team at Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen LLC can help.

What is unemployment insurance fraud?

Under Arizona Revised Statutes § 23-785, unemployment insurance fraud (or unemployment compensation fraud, or Department of Economic Security [DES] fraud) is defined as knowingly making a false statement or representation believing it to be false, or knowingly failing to disclose a material fact in order to obtain or increase a benefit whether under Arizona law, an employment security law of another state, the federal government or a foreign government. This is considered a class 6 felony. Each false statement or representation or failure to disclose a material fact constitutes a separate offense.

Typically, you are charged with unemployment insurance fraud after failing to advise the Department of Economic Security (DES) that you have secured new employment after obtaining unemployment benefits. While this is undoubtedly sometimes intentional, in many cases it is an innocent mistake. If convicted, you could face the following consequences:

  • Two years in prison
  • Three years of supervised probation
  • Fine of $150,000

Remember that each false statement or failure to disclose is a separate charge. It's not unusual to be facing multiple charges, as well as related charges such as theft. The legal penalties in such a scenario can be massive.

We help Arizonans defend these complex cases

In order to secure a conviction for unemployment insurance fraud, the prosecution needs to prove that you knowingly made a false statement or failed to disclose relevant information. Charlie Naegle and his team will fight to hold the prosecution to that high standard and find any holes in their case. Both inside and outside the courtroom, we'll advocate for your interests and work to get your charges reduced or dismissed, or fight for an acquittal at trial.

Take your charges seriously. Take control of this crisis. Contact us today to start building your defense.

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