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My husband wrote down the wrong amount of earnings and noticed

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My husband wrote down the wrong amount of earnings and noticed it when he got his new continuing statement. He immediately call EDD and they told him that he would be penalized for 5 weeks. He hasnt even received the check and told them he would not cash it and explained that it was an honest mistake.
Under UI Code 1329.5(e), "Except in the event of fraud, if it is determined that any information provided by the claimant on an affidavit is erroneous, no penalty or refund of benefits shall be imposed on the claimant for the period prior to the calendar week in which an employer provides subsequent wage information."

Based upon the above, your husband can protest the penalty, obtain a hearing, explain that the error was not intended to induce a payment other than that to which he was entitled, and that he contacted EDD as soon as he realized his error -- thereby demonstrating that there was no intent to defraud. Therefore, the court should not deny benefits.

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